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July 27th - In the ninth round of the World Superbike Championship Superpole winner John Reynolds was in contention for the race win in the first 25-lap leg, but like Ruben Xaus (Ducati) shortly afterwards; he was forced to retire with mechanical problems.

Local wild card rider Shane Byrne (Ducati) scored the race win, from championship leader Neil Hodgson (Ducati) and regular SBK Brit Chris Walker (Ducati). Byrne’s best lap time is the new SBK lap record, 1:26.755.

In the second race Byrne was once more successful, but he had to fend off the attention of Reynolds on the final lap to take his second career Superbike win - a scant few hours after the first. James Toseland (Ducati) scored third place, for another all-British rostrum party.

Hodgson improved his points gap over Xaus once more, 386 to 246. It is not quite enough to give Hodgson the world championship but with a gap of 140 points and only a possible 150 remaining, the result is now almost a foregone conclusion.
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Sete Gibernau (15) pressured Valentino (46) all the way to the last corner at the Sachsenring

German MotoGP of Sachsenring, Round 9

Gibernau Steals win from Rossi
in Last Turn, Last lap Thriller in Germany

Track temperature: 43 degrees, Humidity: 30%, Ambient temperature: 31 degrees, bright sunshine

Raceday Sunday July 27th: Sensational Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) scored his fourth win of the season at a sun-kissed Sachsenring in eastern Germany in front of an appreciative 92,000 crowd. Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V) had to settle for second after making a critical error on the final turn which Gibernau pounced on for his victory. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) was third. Conditions were ultra-tough around this twisting, physically demanding circuit with ambient temperatures exceeding 30 degrees and track temperature reaching 40 degrees.

Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) looked to be the dominant force here this weekend after setting a pole time for the second successive race. He also set the fastest lap of the race before crashing out while chasing down the leading duo of Gibernau and Rossi.

Biaggi wasted his pole position with a dreadful start that sunk him to tenth on the first lap. Rossi howled into turn one ahead of the Ducati duo of Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss with Gibernau in close pursuit. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) made good early running, going as high as second momentarily after a robust double overtaking move that disposed of Gibernau and Capirossi. But he couldn’t make it stick.

By lap five Rossi had pulled out a 2.5 second advantage over Gibernau who was now in a solid second place with Bayliss third. Biaggi was moving up the field with serious intent and by lap ten he was ready to put Bayliss behind him and work on the leaders. But Bayliss had other ideas and made it hard work for the Roman.
Biaggi and Bayliss swapped places three times on lap 11 as their private battle raged and a lap later the faster Max had finally put the determined Australian behind him. But on lap 14 Max lost the front of his RC211V at turn ten and with it his chance of a win, or at least a hefty points haul.

It was now down to Gibernau to take the challenge to Rossi and the Spaniard was more than up to it. At the halfway stage of the 30-lap race he had cut the deficit to 0.7 seconds and on lap 21 he made his move on the champ into the tight turn one at the end of the start/finish straight.

Rossi followed closely, seemingly getting the measure of his rival before making a decisive play for the lead at his leisure – but there was nothing at all leisurely about the way he had to ride to keep Gibernau within striking distance. Rossi left it until the last lap before he struck.

On the rapid downhill right approach to the penultimate turn, Rossi fired his RC211V around the outside of Gibernau and was then on the inside of the lefthand turn that followed – and ahead. There was only the final righthand corner to go and Rossi looked poised for victory. But he overcooked his entry, and with his machine out of shape, Gibernau seized his chance and squared off the turn to shoot his bike up the inside of the floundering Rossi and broach the line six hundredths of a second ahead of the Italian.

“That was hard race,” said a delighted Gibernau. “Both mentally and physically. I had no plan for the last lap because when you have a plan and it doesn’t work, you’re in trouble. I used a bit of dirt-track experience in the last turn – if you want to pass someone on the way out – do the work on the way in.”

Rossi was honest about his error. “I made a big mistake,” he said. “I try to go away at the start but it was impossible. So I stay with Sete and wait for the last lap. I don’t know why I went so tight into the final turn because it’s difficult to pass there. But I went in too tight, lost the front and had to wait too long before I could get on the throttle.”

The Ducati MotoGP Team made a breathtaking debut at the awkward Sachsenring circuit today, riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi finishing third and fourth in a sweltering, crash-strewn race. The results strengthen the pair’s World Championship positions: Capirossi is fourth despite a fiery crash in morning warmup that destroyed his primary bike, and Bayliss is fifth as the MotoGP circus heads into its brief summer break before next month’s Czech GP.

“I’m too happy!” beamed Ducati MotoGP Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli. “To score a podium result at a track which we’ve never been to before and which everyone said would be bad for our bike is fantastic. I hope all our ‘bad’ tracks will be this good in the future! Troy rode a fantastic race. He had a great battle with Max (Biaggi) which pushed Max into a mistake. Loris was incredible. He was bruised everywhere after this morning’s crash and had to use his second bike. On paper there’s no difference between his two machines but maybe there’s a tiny difference and a slight psychological issue in racing your second bike. Also, he wasn’t in great physical shape for the race.”

Ducati MotoGP Team rider Troy Bayliss today scored a brilliant third-place finish in his first-ever race at the Sachsenring. The Aussie, riding with a shaved head, made a stunning start from the second row to muscle his way into third place. He protected that position from Max Biaggi with typical aggression, repassing the attacking Italian three times before Biaggi made the pass stick on lap 13, only to fall the very next lap. That left the Aussie in a safe third place, which he maintained to the chequered flag.

“It’s my first time here and my second MotoGP podium, so I’m very happy,” said a sweat-drenched Bayliss. “It’s been a very good weekend for us but it was a very difficult race around here. After Max went by and crashed I just tried to stay close to Sete (Gibernau) for as long as possible. I knew Max’s pace was really fast, so there wasn’t much I could do about him, then he crashed because he was pushing very hard. The last third of the race I was losing the back into turns off the throttle, so I just did my own thing and brought the bike home. I’m really happy for everyone in the team.”

Loris Capirossi finished a brave fourth place in Germany today, a remarkable result after a high-speed tumble in morning warm-up after which his Ducati MotoGP Team Desmosedici caught fire. The bike was badly damaged in the blaze, forcing the Italian to switch to his second machine for this afternoon’s race. Undaunted, Capirossi rode superbly, battling long and hard with a bunch of rivals, eventually defeating Nicky Hayden for fourth place.

“I had to ride a defensive race because my second bike was a tiny bit different from the machine I crashed in warm-up,” said Capirossi who hurt his neck and suffered all-over bruising in the 200kmh crash. “I was quite bashed about in the accident. I’d say I was only feeling 80 per cent before the race. So, all things considered, I’m satisfied with the result. These points are very important for the championship. I’m very happy for Troy and I feel sorry for Marco (Melandri, who crashed late in the race while racing with Capirossi) – he was riding really fast.”

Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) rode a great race to fifth in his rookie year, just allowing Loris Capirossi to steal fourth from him, and the American was understandably delighted. “That was fun,” he said. “I really needed that race and I’ll take fifth. I was fourth at one point but on the last lap on the last couple of corners I rode a little too conservatively and Capirossi just snuck by. Hats off to my guys. They worked real hard for me all year.”

Things improved a little for Tohru Ukawa (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) who was sixth. “The result is a bit below my expectations,” he said. “But not too bad. I had a bit of trouble in the early laps with my tyre spinning up and that was due to not quite getting the set-up right. But I’m improving step-by-step.”
Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda RC211V) managed 13th. “I could never make a real attack,” he said. “It’s been like that all weekend – a bit demoralising. We tired a new front fork that gave me a bit more grip, but not quite enough to make a fierce attack. I’m looking forward to Brno now and the time we spent testing tyres there should give me an advantage.”

Rossi still leads the overall points standings with 187 to Gibernau’s 158 with Biaggi in third with 130.

Honda final wins in 250cc with Roberto Folfo
Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) won his first ever Grand Prix in fine style when he beat Fonsi Nieto (Aprilia) into second place with Randy de Puniet (Aprilia) finishing third. The Italian Honda rider came so close to winning here last year when the race was stopped because of rain just as he’d taken the lead (the race order from the previous lap counting as the result).

Rolfo headed the pack into the first turn at the lights and led from Sebastian Porto (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) in the early laps with Fonsi Nieto in close pursuit. But de Puniet was making ground and by lap 6 the Frenchman was up to second place and sizing up Rolfo for a pass.
He made it on lap 14 and Rolfo stayed close enough to harry the Aprilia rider for the next three laps before backmarker traffic began to take its toll on the leading group, Porto suffering enough to lose touch with the leaders. By this stage Nieto had dropped back after running off track but the Spaniard charged back into contention for the lead by the closing stages.

Rolfo then muscled his way back into the lead on lap 24 and held it to the finish despite a huge slide three laps from the finish. “That was really hard,” said the delighted Italian. “Everyone raced really hard right from the beginning and the fast rhythm made me concentrate to the absolute maximum to avoid any errors. I knew I would be fighting for the win and this victory is the best feeling.”

Porto was understandably less happy with fourth. “The front tyre was completely destroyed by the end of the race,” said the Argentine. “Yesterday we did a whole lot of laps on the same tyre and it was fine. There was nothing I could do even though I was going well.”

The World Championship points standings now show Manuel Poggiali, who crashed out of the race, leading with 129 points, Nieto second on 126 and Rolfo third on 122.

Perugini and Aprilia back on top in 125cc
The 27-lap 125 race saw Stefano Perugini (Aprilia) win from pole position. The Italian survived frantic last lap assaults from Casey Stoner (Aprilia) and Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) who finished second and third respectively. Daniel Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS125R) finished fourth to collect valuable World Championship points.

The race was run in searing heat and the leading riders all suffered accelerated tyre wear in the conditions. The four-rider breakaway that disputed the podium positions in the closing laps did their utmost to gain advantages as the final lap began, but they eventually finished in the order in which they began the last lap.

“Towards the end of the race the engine started sounding different,” said Danny. “I didn’t know what it was so I just kept going, but with three laps to go I lost speed and just had to settle for fourth. I did what I needed to do in terms of the championship.”

Andrea Dovisioso (Team Scot Honda RS125R) finished seventh after losing touch with the leading group at the halfway stage, Simone Corsi (Team Scot Honda RS125R) was ninth, Mika Kallio (Ajo Motorsports Honda RS125R) was tenth and Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) crashed out in the closing stages.

The World Championship points table now shows Pedrosa ahead on 137 points with Perugini on 117. Lucio Cecchinello (Aprilia) has 105 and Dovisioso is in close touch with 102.

Race Classification MotoGP : (30 laps = 110.13 km)
Pos/Rider /Nat /Team /Motorcycle /Time/KM/H
1/Sete GIBERNAU /SPA /Telefónica Movistar Honda /HONDA/42'41.180/154.798
2/Valentino ROSSI /ITA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/42'41.240/154.795
3/Troy BAYLISS /AUS /Ducati Marlboro Team /DUCATI/42'54.387/154.004
4/Loris CAPIROSSI /ITA /Ducati Marlboro Team /DUCATI/42'57.701/153.806
5/Nicky HAYDEN /USA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/42'57.743/153.804
6/Tohru UKAWA /JPN /Camel Pramac Pons /HONDA/42'59.923/153.674
7/Shinya NAKANO /JPN /d'Antín Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/43'00.065/153.665
8/Carlos CHECA /SPA /Fortuna Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/43'07.345/153.233
9/Olivier JACQUE /FRA /Gauloises Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/43'09.461/153.108
10/Norick ABE /JPN /Fortuna Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/43'10.339/153.056
11/Nobuatsu AOKI /JPN /Proton Team KR /PROTON KR/43'10.496/153.047
12/Jeremy McWILLIAMS /GBR /Proton Team KR /PROTON KR/43'11.607/152.981
13/Makoto TAMADA /JPN /Pramac Honda /HONDA/43'30.760/151.859
14/Colin EDWARDS /USA /Alice Aprilia Racing /APRILIA/43'34.624/151.634
15/Kenny ROBERTS /USA /Suzuki Grand Prix Team /SUZUKI/43'38.692/151.399
Fastest Lap: Max BIAGGI 1'24.630 156.157 Km/h Lap 8
World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 187, 2 GIBERNAU 158, 3 BIAGGI 130, 4 CAPIROSSI 97, 5 BAYLISS 80,
6 UKAWA 66, 7 CHECA 65, 8 NAKANO 63, 9 BARROS 62, 10 HAYDEN 57,
11 JACQUE 50, 12 EDWARDS 42, 13 TAMADA 40, 14 HAGA 30, 15 ABE 24.

Race Classification 250cc: (29 laps = 106.459 km)
Pos/Rider /Nat /Team /Motorcycle /Time/KM/H
1/Roberto ROLFO /ITA /Fortuna Honda /HONDA/42'06.199/151.711
2/Fonsi NIETO /SPA /Team Repsol Telefonica Movistar /APRILIA/42'06.349/151.702
3/Randy De Punet /FRA /Safilo Oxydo-LCR /APRILIA/42'06.486/151.693
4/Sebastian PORTO /ARG /Telefonica Movistar jnr Team /HONDA/42'11.504/151.393
5/Franco BATTAINI /ITA /Campetella Racing /APRILIA/42'19.296/150.928
6/Anthony WEST /AUS /Team Zoppini Abruzzo /APRILIA/42'24.488/150.620
7/Toni ELIAS /SPA /Team Repsol Telefonica Movistar /APRILIA/42'27.080/150.467
8/Manuel POGGIALI /RSM /MS Aprilia Team /APRILIA/42'27.126/150.464
9/Alex DEBON /SPA /Troll Honda BQR /HONDA/42'51.370/149.045
10/Alex BALDOLINI /ITA /Matteoni Racing /APRILIA/42'54.900/148.841
Fastest Lap: Fonsi NIETO 1'26.469 152.836 Km/h Lap 16
World Championship Positions:
1 POGGIALI 129, 2 NIETO 126, 3 ROLFO 122, 4 ELIAS 106, 5 DE PUNIET 105, 6 WEST 104, 7 BATTAINI 98, 8 PORTO 87, 9 MATSUDO 60, 10 GUINTOLI 58, 11 DEBON 47, 12 OLIVE 27, 13 AOYAMA 20, 14 BALDOLINI 19, 15 GEMMEL 18.

Race Classification 125cc (27 laps = 99.117 km)
Pos/Rider /Nat /Team /Motorcycle /Time/KM/H
1/Stefano PERUGINI /ITA /Abruzzo Racing Team /APRILIA/40'11.124/147.989
2/Casey STONER /AUS /Safilo Oxydo-LCR /APRILIA/40'11.336/147.976
3/Alex De ANGELIS /RSM /Globet.com Racing /APRILIA/40'11.499/147.966
4/Daniel PEDROSA /SPA /Telefonica Movistar jnr Team /HONDA/40'11.898/147.942
5/Pablo NIETO /SPA /Master-MXOnda-Aspar Team /APRILIA/40'17.001/147.629
6/Gabor TALMACSI /HUN /Exalt Cycle Red Devil /APRILIA/40'22.915/147.269
7/Andrea DOVIZIOSO /ITA /Team Scot /HONDA/40'23.194/147.252
8/Lucio CECCHINELLO /ITA /Safilo Oxydo-LCR /APRILIA/40'23.336/147.243
9/Simone CORSI /ITA /Team Scot /HONDA/40'23.769/147.217
10/Mika KALLIO /FIN /Ajo Motorsports /HONDA/40'27.493/146.991
Fastest Lap : Pablo NIETO 1'28.490 149.345 Km/h Lap 7
World Championship Positions:
1 PEDROSA 137, 2 PERUGINI 117, 3 CECCHINELLO 105, 4 DOVIZIOSO 102, 5 JENKNER 98, 6 DE ANGELIS 92, 7 NIETO 88, 8 BARBERA 67, 9 UI 64, 10 STONER 60, 11 GIANSANTI 51, 12 LUTHI 48, 13 KALLIO 46, 14 BORSOI 36, 15 TALMACSI 33.

Matt Mladin's speed, constinancy and good luck make him the sure bet for clinching his 3rd AMA Superbike title this season riding the bigger Suzuki GSXR1000.

AMA Superbike Championship, Round 9

Mladin Doubles Down at Mid-Ohio

Ohio, July 27, 2003: Looking set to clinch his 3rd AMA Superbike title, Mat Mladin scooped up his ninth Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike victory of 2003 this afternoon at Mid-Ohio, putting the finishing touches on his third double of the season. Unlike yesterday's contest in which the Yoshimura Suzuki ace was pushed until the final lap, he crossed the line with a 6.668-second margin of victory even after easing up in the final few laps.

The massive Ohio crowd was treated to a repeat of yesterday's stellar battle for the first half of the race, however. Kurtis Roberts took the holeshot and diced with Mladin spectacularly, but was unable to maintain the Aussie's pace for the entire distance. The title leader took advantage of a superior drive heading onto the front straight to slip up the inside of the Erion Honda rider in Turn 1 on lap 13 of 26. At that point Mladin eased out a gap on the charger, slowly building up an insurmountable lead. Mladin now has 23 career AMA Superbike victories, just three short of the all-time record. He could overtake current leader Miguel DuHamel yet this year with a perfect finish to the season.

"I wanted to see what Kurtis was up to," he said of his early race with Roberts. "I didn't get a very good start, but I got up behind Kurtis before long and wanted to see what he was doing. I went by him and stepped up the pace a little bit and we pulled a bit more of a gap on everybody. I let Kurtis back by because I couldn't get away from him. But when I let him back by he dropped straight back into the low-to-mid eights... I figured I'd better pass him and pick it a little bit. That's what we did and when we did, it put Kurtis in a little bit of trouble."

Mladin now has a 33-point championship advantage with four races remaining. "That's good. Should be a lot more though."

Team Erion Hond's Kurtis Roberts suffered another weekend of back luck - he was forced out with mechanical problems with less than two laps remaining while running a clear second. It has been a bitterly disappointing weekend for the Erion pilot -- he easily had the form to take a pair of top twos, but came away with a great deal less.

And like Saturday, Jason Pridmore was the primary beneficiary of Roberts' misfortune. The Attack Suzuki rider scored his second runner-up finish in as many days, an amazing accomplishment for the factory-supported rider and his team. Pridmore used the same strategy today that worked so well on Saturday: stick with Mladin and Roberts as long as possible and be pulled away from the rest of the field in the process.
American Honda's Ben Bostrom beat second Yosh rider Aaron Yates to the line by .132-seconds to claim the final spot on the box. The Georgian pressured for several laps leading up to the finish but could never make a pass stick on the former World Superbike star.

"It's not the way I'd prefer to get third -- I'd like to be up there racing with Mat and Kurtis," Bostrom admitted. "Those guys did a great job both days. I'm just going to try to do better at the next one."

Saturday podium finisher Miguel DuHamel crashed out on the opening lap while running a close second to Roberts. The Canadian lost the rear in Turn 15, and his RC51 spit him off heading onto the start/finish straight. Jordan Szoke came out on top of a tight, race-long scrap for fifth with Ducati Austin's Italian recent import, Giovanni Bussei.

The Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike team now has a month off before heading to Virginia International Raceway for Rounds 15 and 16 August 29-31.

Saturday Superbike:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Jason Pridmore (Suzuki)
3. Miguel Duhamel (Suzuki)
4. Ben Bostrom (Honda)
5. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
6. Giovanni Bussei (Ducati)
7. Kurtis Roberts (Honda)
8. Shawn Higbee (Suzuki)
9. Geoff May (Suzuki)
10. Mike Ciccotto (Suzuki)

Sunday Superbike:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Jason Pridmore (Suzuki)
3. Ben Bostrom (Honda)
4. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
5. Jordan Szoke (Suzuki)
6. Giovanni Bussei (Ducati)
7. Shawn Higbee (Suzuki)
8. Geoff May (Suzuki)
9. Vincent Haskovec (Suzuki)
10. Mike Ciccotto (Suzuki)
Superbike Championship:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 431
2. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 398
3. Ben Bostrom (Honda) 376
4. Eric Bostrom (Kawasaki) 350
5. Kurtis Roberts (Honda) 340
6. Miguel Duhamel (Honda) 332
7. Jason Pridmore (Suzuki) 315
8. Shawn Higbee (Suzuki) 299
9. Vincent Haskovec (Suzuki) 221
10. Jordan Szoke (Suzuki) 212

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Sete Gibernau, Telefonica MoviStar Honda, 1st:
“I had to fight through traffic at the start but got into third before the end of lap one. Then I concentrated on picking up the pace and trying to catch Valentino. The last lap was unbelievable, because in some places on the track I had a tenth of a second on Valentino - in some places he had the same advantage over me. I had no race plan or strategy before the race because sometimes your strategy doesn’t work and when it doesn’t you can find yourself in trouble. The last corner was incredible. Valentino ran a tight line into the last corner so I had to use a dirt track manoeuvre off the corner, square off the turn and run up the inside of him. I learned to do that at the Kenny Roberts ranch. Valentino ran wide and I gassed it up the inside. I wheelied off the corner, Valentino also, but I got to the line first. I just want to thank Telefonica, Honda and Team Gresini for all they have done for me this season. I have always believed in myself, even when things were going badly for me, and I have always had people around me who believed in me, I thank them all for their support.”

Team Manager:

Today is another special day for the team - we have won again! The victory came on the last lap but that takes nothing away from its value. Above all we have seen that Sete Gibernau is a superb rider. This year he has won four races and we are very happy and proud to have him in our team and to have contributed to his success in the elite category. I want to share this moment with all the team, with Honda and with the sponsors.

Valentino Rossi, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd:
"A little disappointed with the final result. I tried to go at the beginning of the race, but it was impossible. Sete come with me and we do maybe 10 laps together very close. It was a race in the last lap when I plan my attack. I made a good overtake. After I don't understand why I need to go inside to close the line. I thought Sete may go inside. That was my mistake. I went to close the line and touched the brake and loose the momentum; I needed to wait too long to open the throttle. Sometimes this year I have been unlucky with the weather or the rules. Today I just made a mistake."

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Troy Goes Bald
Troy Bayliss was wearing a new short-cropped hairdo at Sachsenring, the result of some paddock fun yesterday evening. “One of the team cooks turned up here with a new haircut which everyone else thought was a bit daft, so they cut it off!” he grinned. “I said I’d have mine shaved as well to make the guy feel better!”

Mladin Fastest at
Barber Tests

July 31, 2003 - Keeping with the trend of the season, Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin started the three-day Barber Motorsports Park Team Test on Tuesday as the fastest on two wheels. He left today, Thursday, in the same position. The three-day test ended today and one thing is for certain, the powerful Yoshimura Suzuki team is fast everywhere -- even at new tracks on the schedule.

Mladin opened the test on Tuesday morning with the best time of a 1:29.011. He left the track Thursday afternoon with the fastest lap again, only this time it was about 4 seconds better. Mladin's 1:25.054 was more than a half-second faster than that of his teammate Aaron Yates, who finished the test strong with a 1:25.749.

Also impressive through most of the test was Ben Bostrom. He showed speed at a spring test at the facility and left Thursday as the only other rider to dip into the 1:25s with his 1:25.942.
Most of the teams left early Thursday, but true to form, the Suzuki and Honda teams closed the joint down.

World Supersport Championship 2003
Round Eight
Brands Hatch
European Round
25-27 July 2003

French rider Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) delivered on the great potential he has shown this season with a fine third place finish, marching from fifth on lap one in a consistent attack around the modified Brands Hatch circuit. Sixth place for Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was enough to push him further ahead in the world championship battle, even if he had to give best on the day to his team-mate Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR), who finished fourth.

The scheduled 23 lap race was cut to 21 after an accident in which Kawasaki rider Stefano Cruciani went under the airfence and was struck by his own machine - with such force that his back protector was snapped clean through – although Cruciani was uninjured.
Local British rider Ian Macpherson (van Zon Honda CBR600RR) missed out on a top ten finish by one place, 24 seconds down on the leaders.
The last points on offer were taken by the BKM Honda CBR600RR pairing of Christophe Cogan (14th) and Broc Parkes (15th). Werner Daemen fell on the 12th lap, due to gearbox selection problems.
After a wet and dry couple of days of qualifying, which put eventual race winner Stephane Chambon (Suzuki) on pole, many teams found tyre and set-up problems - due to a simple shortage of dry track time. The track temperatures on raceday were also significantly higher than during Saturday’s dry qualifying session, and thus tyre choice was to become crucial.

Charpentier was particularly pleased to have scored his first podium place in a season in which he came to the championship as a substitute rider for his Klaffi Honda team.
“I had a good feeling with the bike throughout the race, said Charpentier. “The choice of race tyre was very difficult because of the rain but in the end my choice was good. The Pirelli was very consistent and I am happy with the result.”
Muggeridge found unexpected tyre problems, wishing he had gone for a softer tyre.

“The bike was working well but I just couldn’t get the power to the ground very well,” he said. “From the beginning it was already starting to slide but I thought it would stay that way and no more but after about eight laps it started to spin. It was down to choice because some of the other guys chose a stage softer Pirelli and theirs seemed to work better.”

Vermeulen was disappointed but philosophical to not improve on his fourth place qualifying position, hoping in vain to add to his four race winning total.

“The main factor today was tyres,” he stated. “I think we picked the wrong one because Jurgen van den Goorbergh’s seemed to be working a lot better than ours. The lack of dry track time also made it difficult for us all. It just wasn’t so good today - but it could have been a lot worse because we still have a good championship lead.”

Macpherson suffered the after effects of a crash in timed qualifying, finding his set-up imperfect and running into some unforeseen physical problems.

“I was struggling a bit,” said the Scot. “I had a problem with the front brake coming back to the bar and I also had arm pump. I’m disappointed because I know I can ride faster. We had to guess the gearing after a crash in qualifying and I was having to learn the gearbox out there in the race.”
Cogan, was another with set-up woes and at a very demanding Brands Hatch circuit, he paid a price for them.

“I found the race very difficult,” he explained. “The suspension didn’t feel quite right and as soon as I let the brake off the machine was moving around a lot in the corners.”
Another hard day in the office for Parkes was something of a disappointment at a track he has enjoyed little luck at in the past. He suspected a cracked exhaust.

“We’ve had a few problems with the bike this weekend and I just wasn’t confident,” said the Aussie. “After about five laps the bike got really loud, I think it was a cracked exhaust. We didn’t have the best setting and Brands Hatch is not my best track. I’d like to go fast but it never seems to work here.”

Ulm was disappointed to suffer his third no score of the year. “The feeling from the machine wasn’t quite right and I found it difficult to push hard. It really was a struggle throughout and that sums up my weekend here.”

Daemen escaped injury after a fast fall, and explained it thus:
“I am OK but I had problems with the gearbox. I had trouble changing down from third to second gear. I came down into Graham Hill Bend, mid-corner the bike dropped into second and I was high sided.”

After round eight of the total 11, Vermeulen leads new second place rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh by an impressive 37 points, 141 to 104. Katsuaki Fujiwara moves to third on 103 with Chambon on 100. Muggeridge is the next best placed Honda rider behind Vermeulen, seventh overall on 59 points.

Supersport and Superbike classes return to the fray at Assen on September 7.

RACE : (Laps 21 = 88,137 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Gap
1/S. CHAMBON/FRA/Alstare Suzuki/31m 28.121s
2/J. VD GOORBERGH/NED/Yamaha Belgarda/7.045
3/S. CHARPENTIER/FRA/Team Klaffi Honda/7.310
4/K. MUGGERIDGE/AUS/Ten Kate Honda/10.796
5/F. FORET/FRA/Kawasaki R.T. KRT/12.081
6/C. VERMEULEN/AUS/Ten Kate Honda/14.390
7/C. KELLNER/GER/Yamaha Deutschland/14.509
8/J. TEUCHERT/GER/Yamaha Deutschland/14.693
9/K. FUJIWARA/JPN/Alstare Suzuki/15.360
10/A. CORRADI/ITA/Italia Spadaro F.R./22.659
11/I. MACPHERSON/GBR/Van Zon Honda T.K.R./24.199
12/T. SYKES/GBR/Northpoint/24.381
13/P. RIBA/ESP/Kawasaki R.T. KRT/26.753
14/C.COGAN/FRA/Dark Dog Honda BKM/27.416
15/B. PARKES/AUS/Dark Dog Honda BKM/31.475
Fastest Lap= 6° Stéphane Chambon 1'29.149 169,483 Km/h
Riders Championship Standings:
10 RIBA 49, 11 PARKES 47, 12 COGAN 44, 13 CHARPENTIER 37, 14 MACPHERSON 23,