TOSELAND WINS AGAIN AND EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

2007-03-04 00:03
World Supersport and Superbike Championships 2007
Round 2, Phillip Island - Australia

Spectator Attendance: Claimed by track, not FGSport, 63,250.
Weather: Ambient Temp 21°C - Track Temp 41°C

SOFUOGLU EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN AUSTRALIA

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
CBR600RR) finished second after 21-laps of the
4.445km Phillip Island circuit and in doing so
extended his championship lead to seven points,
from today's race winner, Fabien Foret. Sofuoglu
also gave Honda the same seven-point advantage in
the manufacturers' standings, after two rounds of
13. He had qualified fourth, one place behind his
team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten
Kate Honda team), after pole was taken by 2002 champion Foret.

Charpentier, 2005 and 2006 champion, was fourth
today, and is now ninth in the championship
fight. He had the consolation of another lap
record on the CBR600RR, taking a 1'34.976, on the second lap.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR)
followed on from a podium in round one at Losail
with fifth place in Australia, after another
impressive display, while Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea
Honda Team CBR600RR) went ninth on a 2006-spec
machine. Both Althea Honda riders made great
strides after qualifying, with Fujiwara eighth on
the grid and Alfonsi only 16th. 'Kats' is now an
impressive third overall in the championship, with Alfonsi tenth.

Sofuoglu was impressive throughout the race,
running in the leading bunch even though he did
not lead a single lap over the start-finish line.
His qualifying experience was not untroubled, but
he recovered well in a real race situation.

"That was a very hard race and I can say that
last weekend was easier in Qatar," said Sofuoglu.
"We tested here in January and we had a very good
set-up, very fast, but when we came here for the
race everything was different so we had to find
everything again. The tyres were different; grip
was different. I had to make a new set-up, so to
be on the podium today I am very happy. I think
my mistake was that I waited too long behind
Kevin Curtain and Sebastien, and after I passed
Broc Parkes, I needed some more laps to catch Foret."

Charpentier was disappointed to finish off the
podium in a race he felt he could win.

"I scored some points for the team today but this
afternoon has not been easy for me," said
Charpentier. "I was determined to finish on the
podium and I started off really well, getting up
to the front by lap three. Unfortunately I had a
big problem with the rear tyre of the bike and I
lost a lot time. We've worked really hard on the
development of the new bike with Honda and the
team so there is no reason why I shouldn't be
back at the top for Donington. I'm ready for the
next race - this is a long Championship and it is still early days."

Fujiwara was running at a strong pace in the
middle section of the race and even make ground
to finish fifth, despite the hot track
temperatures having an eventual effect on rear traction.

"The beginning was a little bit difficult," said
Fujiwara. "I was passed by everybody then after
ten laps my rear tyre seemed finished so I had to
keep my tyre in the best condition. But I can be
happy with that finish and more points."

Alfonsi finished top Italian rider, in ninth
place, and achieved his personal goal of a top
ten finish, in a race meeting with 38 Supersport entrants.

"This was the top ten finish I was looking for,"
said Alfonsi, "so to achieve your aim in a race
is always good. My team and I worked through many
solutions for the tyre and this was a good
solution, so thanks to all of them and Honda."

The Supersport championship, along with World
Superbike, returns to Europe for round three,
with the next race scheduled for Donington Park on April 1.

World Superbike Round 2 of 13

TOSELAND WINS AGAIN AND EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

POINTS AND QUALIFYING
James Toseland (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
CBR1000RR) scored a second and first place at
Phillip Island to put clear water between himself
and the opposition in the championship table,
after two dramatic and exciting 22-lap Superbike
races. Toseland, who had qualified second on the
grid, now leads Max Biaggi by 16 points, 90 to
74, with race one winner in Australia, Troy Bayliss, third on 64 points.

Toseland looked like a potential winner in race
one until a late spurt of pace from 2006 champion
Bayliss made his break with five laps to go,
leaving Toseland a determined second, by a margin
of two seconds. He had led for 17 of the 22 laps.
Third was Biaggi. Steve Martin (DFX Corse Honda
CBR1000RR) was next best Honda finisher, in
tenth. Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
CBR1000RR) held off Joshua Brookes, (Alto
Evolution Honda CBR1000RR) for 11th place.

In race two Toseland and four other riders
disputed the lead for the most part, but in the
final stages only Toseland and Bayliss were in
it, with Toseland's late injection of speed and
aggression pushing him to a margin of victory of
0.274 seconds. It was his second win in four 2007
season races, and his now only ten points from
perfection, finishing second in the other two
races. Next best Honda rider in race two was
first race retiree Michel Fabrizio (DFX Corse
Honda CBR1000RR) who was classified eighth after
a photo finish, with Rolfo tenth and Brookes
12th. Martin retired early from race two.

Toseland scored an incredible race two win and
was delighted to have been competitive in every single race of the year so far.

"In race two, I tried to preserve the tyre and I
managed to keep Bayliss behind me," said
Toseland. "I knew it would be hard but I just
kept going and I got the win. It's an honour to
be riding with such great competition and to hear
Bayliss complimenting me is very flattering. It's
a great feeling to be going to Donington as the
Championship leader. I feel like I am getting
better and better and I can't wait to race at
home. I controlled race one for the most part and
I was waiting for the gap to go up as Troy
developed traction problems, but it didn't
happen. I just kept getting plus zero on my
board. I pushed 100 to try and get away but we it was frustrating for me."

Rolfo's rode solidly once more, but wants more as the season progresses.

"The feeling today has been quite strange," said
Roby. "I had a difficult first race. The biggest
problem was that I was too far out on the second
corner and it gave other riders the chance to
overtake me. It was then difficult for me to get
back up to the position I lost. I had a bit of
problem with the front of the bike and it felt
quite heavy to ride. We made some changes for
race two and immediately the bike was much
better. I maintained my position and overtook
three riders. I had five good laps, but then I
had a sliding problem in the rear and it was very
difficult to control. I picked up a few points
and I am joint tenth in the standings now, so I
just hope for better luck in Donington in a few weeks time."

Martin, who had qualified 11th in Superpole, went
tenth in race one, but was forced out of race two
after one lap, with clutch problems.

"The first race went well for me until I had a
contact with Nieto and lost some time," said
Martin, "The set-up and pace was quite good and
we know we will be able to do even better when we get to the European races."

Fabrizio did not get the chance to finish race
one either, and was in a close battle for a good
top ten result in race two, finishing eighth.

"Both tyres lost grip in the first race and I
decided I had to come in," said Fabrizio. "In
race two, we went back to Friday's settings and
the bike was good, competitive in the top ten and the racing was good."

Brookes had two results of the same value in
points terms, but he was disappointed with his race two.

"Race one was OK and I am reasonably happy
because we got two solid results, no crashes, and
we go back to Europe now full of ideas on how to
improve the bike," said Josh. "It wasn't a good
idea to listen to the influence of other people
and we should have stuck with our own thoughts
about tyre choice. We went with a harder tyre and
it didn't pay off. We will get there, I know we will."

Karl Muggeridge crashed out of practice on
Saturday, falling on oil from another rider's
machine, and injuring his left ankle, ruling him
out of his home race. He has dislocated a tendon
and suffered a mild concussion.

"It was a shame to miss my home race," said
Muggeridge. "My ankle tendon was dislocated for a
time and I was knocked out but I feel not bad now
and the swelling on my tendon is already down.
They say four or five days and I should be OK."

The next event on the 13 round calendar is
Donington Park, between 30 March and 1 April, for
what will be the first WSB race meeting at the English circuit since 2001.


Results

SUPERSPORT:
RACE : (Laps 21 = 93,345 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / F. FORET / FRA / Team Gil Motor Sport / 33'46.218 /
2 / K. SOFUOGLU / TUR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 33'46.922 / 0.704
3 / B. PARKES / AUS / Yamaha World SSP Racing / 33'48.461 / 2.243
4 / S. CHARPENTIER / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 33'52.633 / 6.415
5 / K. FUJIWARA / JPN / Althea Honda Team / 34'01.303 / 15.085
6 / P. RIBA / ESP / Team Gil Motor Sport / 34'01.410 / 15.192
7 / R.HARMS / DEN / Stiggy Motorsport Honda / 34'09.064 / 22.846
8 / B. VENEMAN / NED / Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki / 34'10.727 / 24.509
9 / L. ALFONSI / ITA / Althea Honda Team / 34'12.364 / 26.146
10 / Y. TIBERIO / FRA / Stiggy Motorsport Honda / 34'15.631 / 29.413
11 / K. CURTAIN / AUS / Yamaha World SSP Racing / 34'15.924 / 29.706
12 / G.LEBLANC / FRA / Vazy Racing Team / 34'15.977 / 29.759
13 / S. GIMBERT / FRA / Yamaha - GMT 94 / 34'21.536 / 35.318
14 / C. JONES / GBR / Revè Ekerold Honda Racing / 34'29.371 / 43.153
15 / D.SALOM / ESP / Yamaha Spain / 34'29.628 / 43.41
Fastest Lap 2° Sébastien Charpentier 1'34.976 168,485 Km/h
Lap record: 2003 K.Fujiwara 1'36.642 165,580 Km/h
Best Lap: 2007 F.Foret 1'35.166 168,150 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 SOFUOGLU 45, 2 FORET 38, 3 FUJIWARA 27, 4 CURTAIN 25, 5 RIBA 21, 6 HARMS 19,
7 PARKES 16, 8 VENEMAN 15, 9 CHARPENTIER 13, 10 ALFONSI 10, 11 ROCCOLI 9,
12 NANNELLI 8, 13 TIBERIO 6, 14 KALLIO 6, 15 JONES 6.



SUPERBIKE
Race 1 : (Laps 22 = 97,790 Km)
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Team / Time / Gap
1 / T. BAYLISS / AUS / Ducati Xerox Team / 34'11.276 /
2 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 34'13.372 / 2.096
3 / M.BIAGGI / ITA / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra / 34'21.419 / 10.143
4 / N.HAGA / JPN / Yamaha Motor Italia / 34'30.199 / 18.923
5 / T. CORSER / AUS / Yamaha Motor Italia / 34'31.018 / 19.742
6 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati Xerox Team / 34'36.041 / 24.765
7 / R. XAUS / ESP / Team Sterilgarda / 34'38.680 / 27.404
8 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Suzuki Germany / 34'45.890 / 34.614
9 / F. NIETO / ESP / Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse / 34'46.615 / 35.339
10 / S. MARTIN / AUS / D.F.X. Corse / 34'47.514 / 36.238
11 / R. ROLFO / ITA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 34'49.343 / 38.067
12 / J. BROOKES / AUS / Alto Evolution Honda / 34'58.354 / 47.078
13 / S. NAKATOMI / JPN / Yamaha YZF / 35'09.847 / 58.571
14 / J. SMRZ / CZE / Team Caracchi Ducati SC / 35'19.276 / 1'08.000
15 / A. POLITA / ITA / Celani Team Suzuki Italia / 35'33.860 / 1'22.584
Fastest Lap 3° Troy Corser 1'31.826 174,264 Km/h


Race 2: (Laps 18 = 96,840 Km)
1 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 34'16.990 /
2 / T. BAYLISS / AUS / Ducati Xerox Team / 34'17.264 / 0.274
3 / N.HAGA / JPN / Yamaha Motor Italia / 34'23.906 / 6.916
4 / M.BIAGGI / ITA / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra / 34'24.003 / 7.013
5 / T. CORSER / AUS / Yamaha Motor Italia / 34'24.042 / 7.052
6 / R. XAUS / ESP / Team Sterilgarda / 34'40.166 / 23.176
7 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati Xerox Team / 34'43.461 / 26.471
8 / M.FABRIZIO / ITA / D.F.X. Corse / 34'43.476 / 26.486
9 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Suzuki Germany / 34'43.476 / 26.486
10 / R. ROLFO / ITA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 34'54.926 / 37.936
11 / J. SMRZ / CZE / Team Caracchi Ducati SC / 34'58.298 / 41.308
12 / J. BROOKES / AUS / Alto Evolution Honda / 35'05.662 / 48.672
13 / S. NAKATOMI / JPN / Yamaha YZF / 35'05.707 / 48.717
14 / F. NIETO / ESP / Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse / 35'30.085 / 1'13.095
15 / A. POLITA / ITA / Celani Team Suzuki Italia / 35'30.872 / 1'13.882

Fastest Lap 4° Noriyuki Haga 1'32.621 172,769 Km/h
Record Lap: 2007 T.Corser 1'31.826 174,260 Km/h
Best Lap: 2007 T.Corser 1'31.826 174,260 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 TOSELAND 65, 2 BIAGGI 61, 3 BAYLISS 44, 4 LANZI 35, 5 CORSER 34, 6 HAGA 34,
7 NEUKIRCHNER 24, 8 KAGAYAMA 23, 9 XAUS 22, 10 NIETO 18, 11 ROLFO 14,
12 MARTIN 11, 13 BROOKES 7, 14 NAKATOMI 7, 15 LACONI 5.

Source: Honda Pro Image

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