Ducati narrowly leads Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha in World Superbike title chase

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March 6, 2005 World-class racing on machinery closely related to that on the showroom floor is what continues to drive the success of the World Superbike and Supersport Championships. With four races now complete in the World Superbike Championship, it now seems certain that Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki all have realistic chances of taking the title, with as many as ten potential race-winning riders on the grid. Realistically though, championship leader TroyBayliss (Ducati 999, 75 pts), James Toseland (Honda CBR1000RR, 74 pts), Troy Corser (Suzuki GSXR1000, 63 pts), MotoGP veteran Alex Barros (Honda CBR1000RR, 55 pts) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha YZF R1, 42 pts) will be the key players with both Barros and Haga set for significant machinery improvements in the coming weeks. In the Supersport championship, the title already looks to be a race between the Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR of reigning champ Sebastien Charpentier and the Yamaha Germany YZF-R6 of Kevin Curtain.

March 6, 2005 Troy Bayliss put a first race disappointment behind him to take the Ducati Xerox Team’s first win of the season and the Australian’s 23rd World Superbike career victory at Phillip Island today. It was the former world champion’s first win since Laguna Seca in 2002 and helps to maintain a slim one-point lead in this year’s championship. Bayliss set a storming pace in the first race, but excessive tyre wear in the final stages dropped him down to sixth behind eventual winner Troy Corser (Suzuki). Bayliss made amends in the second race when he fitted a harder rear tyre compound on his Ducati 999 and rode a more defensive race. He out-braked Toseland (Honda) into Honda corner on lap 16 to take the lead for the first time, eventually taking the chequered flag quite comfortably in front of an ecstatic home crowd. First race winner Corser crashed out on lap four and was very fortunate to escape serious injury when he was hit by Alex Barros’ Honda. Barros finished the round as the highest scorer with a second and third place, indicating he will become one of the major challengers for the title as he becomes accustomed to his Honda.

“It’s been a really good weekend, obviously I was on a bit of a downer after race 1, but that’s racing”, declared Troy. “It all went well because we’ve got a smart team and they know what to do. We obviously did a race distance on the tyre before but something strange happened. Anyway we put that behind us and we decided to use the hardest tyre Pirelli brought along. Then I made my move on Toseland at two-thirds race distance and although I was nearly in the same situation with the tyres with three laps to go, I still managed to pull a good enough gap to win. We’re leading the championship again, so that’s a bonus. Now we move on to Valencia and Monza which are places we like so I hope to keep the momentum going.”

Lanzi, who had to start from the pit-lane after encountering a clutch problem during the warm-up lap, powered up the field to eleventh place, but was unable to make further progress as he struggled to maintain the pace. In the second race he was attempting to move up amongst the mid-field runners when he high-sided on lap 11. “It has been a pretty tough weekend, we didn’t find the right direction immediately with the team and I made a few errors” commented Lorenzo. “This morning in the warm-up finally we found a good set-up to race maybe for the podium, but then we had bad luck with the clutch in race 1 and I had to start last. In race 2 I was recuperating places but I made a mistake and crashed. Muggeridge was ahead of me, and I brought him down when I high-sided. Now we’ve got a month and a half before the next race, so I can get back to 100% fitness, because here I was still in a bit of pain with my ankle and knee from the crash in Qatar.”

Yamaha Race Report

Yamaha Motor Italia rider Noriyuki Haga battled traction problems to grab a brace of fourth places at round two of the Superbike World Championship at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

The popular Japanese rider rode hard in the day’s two 22-lap races to score 26 valuable points over the two races. Haga had run at the front of the day’s opening race but faded when his rear traction reduced at around half-distance. Despite running a somewhat lonely fifth for most of the race, the 31-year-old continued to ride hard to pass a fading Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and fend off a late charge from Roberto Rolfo (Ducati). Race two saw Haga make some further suspension changes to lead a thrilling battle at the front with Bayliss, James Toseland (Honda), Alex Barros (Honda), Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Yamaha Motor Italia team-mate Andrew Pitt. A nasty crash for Corser saw the Yamaha riders take avoiding action and let Bayliss and Toseland build a gap. The Yamaha pair was able to stay in touch with Barros in the battle for third but the lack of traction saw them settle for fourth and fifth place at the flag.

Pitt was made to pay for an incorrect tyre choice in race one. The Australian chose a harder compound Pirelli tyre, which stopped him running at the same pace as the leaders in the opening laps. Stuck in a thrilling mid-pack battle for most of the race, he ended the race a subdued ninth. For race two he chose the same softer compound tyre as his rivals and was able to run with the leaders, eventually finishing fifth, just behind Haga.

The Yamaha Motor France squad had a difficult weekend in Australia. Still running their 2005-specification engines, the team’s only points came from former MotoGP rider Norick Abe, who took 12th in race two. Fellow Japanese rider Shinichi Nakatomi crashed out of race one, before continuing his world superbike education with 19th in race two. The team’s third rider, Frenchman Sebastien Gimbert, retired from the opener with set-up problems before following home Nakatomi in 20th place in race two.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) “I tried to push hard in both races but unfortunately at the end the tyre is gone and this means I cannot open the throttle and turn the bike properly in both races. The performance of the bike is very good at the beginning of the race but unfortunately after seven or eight laps the performance drops off quite a lot.”

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia) “In the first race I used a different type of rear tyre to most of the other riders and it did not work all that well in the early stages of the race. We used a different compound rear tyre for the second race and this meant that I was at least able to get away at the start, although the consistency is still not there over the race distance."

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France) “From race one to race two we got on a little bit better, because we changed a lot of settings. We had no grip at the end of race one, sliding all the time, and lots of chatter as well. My lap times were into the 1:36s; slower than I expect. In the second race it was better but our engine was not fast this weekend so I could only follow other riders and had to catch up in the corner entries. Finally I got a 12th in race two, so we scored some points.”

Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha Motor France) “We did not have the grip from the rear we wanted and that held my lap times back. It was a very difficult weekend. I pushed hard in the first race and lost the front end trying to pass another rider. We finished race two, but to score no points is disappointing.”

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator – Yamaha Motor Italia) “It has not been an easy weekend for us but in the end we have scored some good points for the championship. There is less grip here than in Qatar and both our riders have struggled for traction all weekend. We did not test at Phillip Island over the winter and although we found a little bit more today, it wasn’t quite enough to allow us to run at the very front. There are a few other low grip circuits like this and we must work hard to improve our performances at these kind of tracks.”

Martial Garcia (Team Manager – Yamaha Motor Italia) “A very bad day. We had many chassis set-up problems, and we did not find the same grip we had in January, when we were very happy with the settings. I think we did not make a good job, because we did not find a good solution. Phillip Island is a special circuit and a lot depends on weather. We have some tests before the next race and we will use our new engine, which is more powerful. Abe is mentally very strong and I know that he can come through this difficult period strongly. The others we must help to build their confidence.”

Suzuki Report

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra experienced practically every sort of emotion in the second round of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island today with Troy Corser causing most of the ups and downs.

He won the first race after a tremendous battle with Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and Alex Barros (Honda), then crashed out of the second race while challenging for the lead.

In the opening race, Corser took the lead when Bayliss slowed because of trashed tyres. Barros was right with him and proved to be more than a handful in the closing stages, but Corser used his experience and took the chequered flag by almost half a second.

Team mate Yukio Kagayama suffered clutch problems and was forced to overshoot Honda hairpin and rejoined the track in 21st place. He charged his way back up the field and managed 12th place before running out of laps. Fabien Foret was 13th after the first lap, but was forced to retire with a throttle problem after 10 laps.

The second race was another one of drama for the team, starting with Corser’s crash after three laps when he highsided just after Lukey Heights. In the fall, he was hit by Barros’ Honda and was lucky to escape serious injury. The footpeg of the bike hit him just behind his head and the rest of the bike struck his shoulder, elbow and hip. He was taken to the Clinica Mobile but the X-Rays revealed no broken bones. To make sure, Corser went to Melbourne hospital for a precautionary check.

Kagayama was 12th at the end of lap one before getting stuck in a group of riders. He had a difficult time getting through the pack but he fought hard and grabbed sixth position at the flag.

Foret made a good start but had to run wide at the second turn to avoid another rider which dropped him well down the order. He ended 18th after being caught up for the second part of the race with the Yamahas of Shinichi Nakatomi and Sebastien Gimbert.

Troy Corser - Race 1: 1st, Race 2: DNF: "Well that was a day and a half for sure. A fantastic win in the first race and then a crash in the second! I knew Bayliss would not be able to keep up that pace in the first race and that his tyres would not last. I got caught in a group at the beginning and knew that I couldn't hang around with them too long, so when James Toseland made a little mistake and ran wide, I sneaked through. When I caught Bayliss, I could see he was having problems, so it was no surprise when I passed him - in fact he let me through. I then had a pretty good fight with Barros, but held him off at the end. In race two, on the approach to the turn after Lukey Heights, I lost the rear end suddenly and highsided. I felt a thud on my back and knew I had been hit by a bike. I went to a hospital in Melbourne for a check-up. I really don't know why I crashed because the telemetry shows that I wasn't doing anything different to the previous laps. But that's racing!"

Yukio Kagayama - Race 1: 12th, Race 2: 6th:"Not such a good day I think. I had problems with the clutch in the first race - similar to Qatar - and it was very difficult to ride the bike. The feeling was not consistent and sometimes it worked ok and sometimes it did not! I did my best to stay out and finished 12th. In race two, my start was not perfect and that meant I had a lot to do in the race. It is always hard to make a good result from the third row of the grid, but if I had made a better start then I think I could've challenged for a podium."

Fabien Foret - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 18th: "It was a bit of a disappointment for me today but it's all part of my learning process in Superbikes, I guess. I really thought that I would be able to score some points today, but the DNF in race one didn't help. My throttle was not consistent at all - sometimes it would stay open after I had shut it - so I had to pull in. I made a good start in the second race, but had to run wide to avoid a rider who had made a mistake and that cost me many places. Then I got caught up in a battle with two Yamaha riders and that was that. I am looking forward to some tests before the next race because I need to understand this bike more than I do at the moment."

Honda Report

Alex Barros (Klaffi Honda CBR1000RR) and James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) shared second and third place finishes at the Australian World Superbike round, and thus shared the honour of top Honda rider on display at the classic Phillip Island track. For other supported Honda riders, fortune was less kind, with Michel Fabrizio (DFX Honda CBR1000RR) next best with an 11th in race one, Pierfrancesco Chili (DFX Honda CBR1000RR) only in the points once and Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) not scoring at all in his home event.

In the first 22-lap race of the day, Toseland, who had qualified an impressive third in Superpole in only his second meeting on his new machine, secured third after long term leader Troy Bayliss faded to sixth. Troy Corser held off Barros for the win, with the Brazilian scoring his best ride of the season so far. He was to go third in race two, after a fight with Noriyuki Haga. Fabrizio fended off his team-mate to take the last point on offer in race one, improving from his 20th place in qualifying. In race two he was to improve to 11th, for overall eighth, on 25 points. Chili scored 14th in race two, despite fatigue and the effects of his recent Qatar crash.

Muggeridge, who qualified sixth, had to retire from race one with set-up and tyre issues on the hot tarmac, and was then unceremoniously knocked out of the second race, when Lorenzo Lanzi’s Ducati skittled him at Honda hairpin.

Toseland, who has now scored one win and two further podiums in the four 2006 season races so far, was satisfied with his race rhythm, on a day when warm track conditions made for some unpredictable results. He is now second in the championship race, with 74 points to leader Bayliss’ 75.

“In race two I kept getting a plus zero on my pitboard, because Troy was right behind,” said Toseland. “I didn’t make a mistake but Troy just outbraked me into the hairpin and then he pulled away at the end there. It was a great race though, and I made sure I rode well in the places where it would be difficult for him to get past me. In the first race Troy was unlucky not to win. In race two I waited to see if he would have similar problems as race one but when it was obvious he was fast and I had to settle for second. But I’m happy; we had a good, consistent weekend again. We’re pushing them hard and we’re only one point from the lead right now.”

Barros had two highly impressive rides on a machine which is still undergoing development; with the Brazilian’s experience of racecraft a valuable asset around Phillip Island’s high speed twists and turns.

“Things are obviously getting better and better,” said Barros after his second podium of the day. “I lost a little bit of concentration when Troy Corser crashed right in front of me, and I could not avoid him. I was afraid that I injured him, but I was told he was OK. But in this moment I could not avoid hitting him. I had some good fights today, especially with Haga. I really enjoyed today’s races, and to get two podiums was great for our team at this stage.”

Fabrizio ran off the track in race one, and finished the second lap dead last, which explained the discrepancy in his race one and two results.

“My rear tyre was finished five laps before the end of race one,” said Michel. “I had the same problem in race two, but without the earlier problem, I kept my position better, and managed the lack of grip. I am 80% happy but for sure I must have more feeling with the bike in a short space of time.”

Chili was philosophical about his Phillip Island experiences, as he scored a 16th and a 14th in difficult circumstances.

“It was very taxing in race one because the bike had a lot of chatter,” said Chili. “It felt very hard and operating the clutch was very difficult for so many laps in a row, considering my broken finger on my left hand. That meant that I was completely finished before the end of race two.”

Muggeridge was blunt in summation of his latest race weekend, but knows that all the indications are for better performances quite soon.

“A terrible weekend in the office, but at least in the second race we had the bike a lot better,” said Muggeridge. “We made a bit of a mess on Friday so we had to catch up all weekend. Even though it was a crash from someone else that took me out of race two, I can walk away confident for the next few. The bike is a lot better now so we can do it for sure.”

The first European round of the year will be at Valencia, on 23 April.

SUPERBIKE Race 1: (Laps 22 = 97,790 Km) Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap 1 / T. CORSER / AUS / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra / 34'33.545 / 2 / A. BARROS / BRA / Klaffi Honda / 34'33.995 / 0.45 3 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 34'41.519 / 7.974 4 / N.HAGA / JPN / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 34'48.666 / 15.121 5 / R. ROLFO / ITA / Ducati SC - Caracchi / 34'49.837 / 16.292 6 / T. BAYLISS / AUS / Ducati Xerox / 34'50.665 / 17.12 7 / R. XAUS / ESP / Sterilgarda - Berik / 34'50.737 / 17.192 8 / F. NIETO / ESP / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 2 / 34'56.002 / 22.457 9 / A. PITT / AUS / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 34'56.035 / 22.49 10 / C.WALKER / GBR / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse / 34'56.721 / 23.176 11 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati Xerox / 35'01.892 / 28.347 12 / Y. KAGAYAMA / JPN / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra / 35'01.958 / 28.413 13 / R. LACONI / FRA / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse / 35'02.378 / 28.833 14 / S. MARTIN / AUS / Foggy Petronas Racing / 35'02.522 / 28.977 15 / M.FABRIZIO / ITA / D.F.X. Treme / 35'02.667 / 29.122 Fastest Lap 2° Troy Bayliss 1'32.402 173,178 Km/h

Race 2 : (Laps 18 = 96,840 Km) 1 / T. BAYLISS / AUS / Ducati Xerox / 34'33.803 / 2 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 34'39.331 / 5.528 3 / A. BARROS / BRA / Klaffi Honda / 34'48.115 / 14.312 4 / N.HAGA / JPN / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 34'50.011 / 16.208 5 / A. PITT / AUS / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 34'51.459 / 17.656 6 / Y. KAGAYAMA / JPN / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra / 34'54.635 / 20.832 7 / R. ROLFO / ITA / Ducati SC - Caracchi / 34'54.933 / 21.13 8 / R. XAUS / ESP / Sterilgarda - Berik / 34'59.027 / 25.224 9 / F. NIETO / ESP / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 2 / 34'59.441 / 25.638 10 / C.WALKER / GBR / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse / 34'59.810 / 26.007 11 / M.FABRIZIO / ITA / D.F.X. Treme / 35'06.670 / 32.867 12 / N. ABE / JPN / Yamaha Motor France-Ipone / 35'06.974 / 33.171 13 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Team Pedercini / 35'07.014 / 33.211 14 / P. CHILI / ITA / D.F.X. Treme / 35'08.117 / 34.314 15 / S. MARTIN / AUS / Foggy Petronas Racing / 35'08.270 / 34.467 Fastest Lap 3° Troy Bayliss 1'32.983 172,096 Km/h Record Lap T. Bayliss 1'32.402 173,180 Km/h 2006

Riders Championship Standings: 1 BAYLISS 75, 2 TOSELAND 74, 3 CORSER 63, 4 BARROS 55, 5 PITT 45, 6 HAGA 42, 7 ROLFO 32, 8 FABRIZIO 25, 9 XAUS 24, 10 NIETO 19, 11 LANZI 15, 12 KAGAYAMA 14, 13 ABE 14, 14 WALKER 12, 15 MUGGERIDGE 11.

Supersport race – Honda Report

Reigning Champion Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) continued his perfect run of results with his second win of the season, scoring the Phillip Island victory after 21-laps under a warm Australian sun. Once more he took a win after scoring pole position, and once more he had to beat off a strong attack from his race-long companion, Kevin Curtain (Yamaha). Upping the pace in the final few laps, Charpentier took an eventual 1.361 second margin of victory, and now leads Curtain by ten points, 50 to 40.

Eighth in qualifying, Yoann Tiberio (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) got his championship campaign off to a brilliant start, with a brave and rapid fourth, reversing a pass from another fast Honda rider, Robbin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports CBR600RR). His fourth place puts him 11th overall, on 13 points.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) crashed out at half race distance, having qualified well in sixth place, on a track that was new to him. He now sits sixth in the table, thanks to his 16 points from Qatar.

Charpentier was once more peerless when it really counted, but had to work hard throughout, being pushed by the pace of determined hometown runner, Kevin Curtain.

“Another nice race, for sure,” said Charpentier, the master of understatement. “Kevin was very strong, he pushed me but this is normal, and it was a home race for Kevin as well. I tried very hard to win today and it was a very hot race. There was a lot of spinning from the rear, but the bike was very good today, even if the Yamaha was very close. It will be necessary to work extra hard for the next race in Europe, in Valencia. It was a very good weekend here, two wins in the season so far.”

At only 19-years-old, and as a Phillip Island rookie, Tiberio could have been forgiven for adopting a gentle touch in his first race, but his cool-headed aggression delivered him an outstanding result.

"After I had to miss Qatar,” said Tiberio, “this was my first race of the year. I qualified OK on the second row, but the race was much harder. Qualifying is only for one lap, but the race had 21, and it was quite hot. I wasn’t sure if I could get Harms before the finish line came up but I got on the gas earlier and just managed it.”

After a great podium finish in Qatar, Sofuoglu’s Phillip Island experience proved a bitter one, but the young Turkish rider is ready to make amends.

“I tried too hard to catch the first group but I made a mistake and fell back down the order a little,” said Kenan. “There was a small gap to the leaders but I worked my way up to fifth position again, in the second group, managed to overtake another rider, and then I crashed. Not the best weekend result, but I hope I can be strong again in Valencia.”

Supersport – Yamaha Report

Yamaha Motor Germany riders Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes took their first double podium finish of the year at round two of the Supersport World Championship in Philip Island.

The Australian riders were involved in a race-long battle with world champion Sebastien Charpentier (Honda), with the two R6 riders breaking the lap record in the opening stages as they applied pressure to the Frenchman. Parkes demonstrated the new R6’s speed by setting a new lap record on lap three, just minutes after Curtain had lowered Katsuaki Fujiwara’s three year old record. Curtain passed Charpentier at MG corner to take the lead on lap five. However the two Yamaha riders succumbed to rear end traction problems in the later stages of the race, allowing Charpentier to take the win, while the Yamaha men rode sensibly to bring their machines home for valuable championship points, Curtain in second and Parkes third.

Yamaha Team Italia riders Massimo Roccoli and Gianluca Vizziello brought their R6s home in tenth and 13th places respectively. FIM Superstock 1000 Cup champion Didier van Keymeulen finished 14th, with Javier Fores gaining a point for 15th. Former world superbike race winner Anthony Gobert ran as high as fifth on his GMT94 entered R6 but retired with set-up problems.

Charpentier’s win extends his championship lead to 10 points over second placed Curtain. Parkes’ 16 points for third place moves him to fifth in the standings with two of the 13 races gone.

Round three of the championship takes place at the Ricardo Tormo circuit close to Valencia in Spain on April 23. Prior to that, the Yamaha Motor Germany squad will undertake tests in Misano and Valencia, where they plan to have new parts to increase the competitiveness of their machines.

Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany) I got in front of Charpentier a couple of times but every time I thought I could get a break on him, he came past again. It was close racing but always fair, because Sebastien and I trust each other. It’s the first stage of race development for our new R6. So after Qatar and here, I think we can say that the first stage is going pretty well. I can’t wait for the second stage - can’t wait to get to Valencia now.”

Broc Parkes (Yamaha Motor Germany) “It’s not my best result but I’m really happy to be on the podium here, because it’s my first one in Australia. Having only done a lap last week this was really my first race of the season. I struggled to get my lines flowing today and I probably geared the bike a bit too low. I was able to run with Kevin and Seb in the opening laps, but when I was in the slipstream the bike was hitting the rev-limiter, which I knew wasn’t good. I tried to stay with them but in the end it was better to take the third than try anything silly. I’m looking forward to Valencia as it is a track that suits my style.”

Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia) “I am quite satisfied to finish in the top 10 in my first race at this circuit. I had a small problem with my braking, which meant that I could not brake as hard as I like into the hairpin but we have no problem with the traction and otherwise the bike was very good.”

Gianluca Vizziello (Yamaha Team Italia) “I am happy to get some points today. The front of the bike was sliding quite a lot and this meant I could not push as hard as I liked in the fast corners. So, some points are definitely better than none!”

Anthony Gobert (Yamaha GMT94) “I had excessive chatter in the front, but I felt like I could still get into the top five. It got so bad I had to stop. We looked at the bike and everything seemed OK, but the chatter just continued and I had to retire.”

Terrell Thien (Team Manager - Yamaha Motor Germany) “The early season results have gone well for us. Always our plan was to get as many points as possible in these opening races so to get three podium finishes is as good as we can expect. We expect to have our next performance step for the Valencia race and as the championship goes to Europe we must now target race wins."

SUPERSPORT: RACE : (Laps 21 = 93,345 Km) Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap 1 / S. CHARPENTIER / FRA / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 34'01.822 / 2 / K. CURTAIN / AUS / Yamaha Motor Germany / 34'03.183 / 1.361 3 / B. PARKES / AUS / Yamaha Motor Germany / 34'09.618 / 7.796 4 / Y. TIBERIO / FRA / Megabike Honda Team / 34'18.610 / 16.788 5 / R.HARMS / DEN / Stiggy Motorsports / 34'18.620 / 16.798 6 / J. BROOKES / AUS / Ducati SC - Caracchi / 34'23.072 / 21.25 7 / J. STIGEFELT / SWE / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports / 34'23.166 / 21.344 8 / D.THOMAS / AUS / Gil Motor Sport / 34'28.131 / 26.309 9 / C. ZAISER / AUT / LBR Ducati Racing / 34'28.295 / 26.473 10 / M.ROCCOLI / ITA / Yamaha Team Italia / 34'28.337 / 26.515 11 / S. LE GRELLE / BEL / Legrelle - Honda Belgium / 34'31.661 / 29.839 12 / M.SANCHINI / ITA / RG Team / 34'36.810 / 34.988 13 / G.VIZZIELLO / ITA / Yamaha Team Italia / 34'38.150 / 36.328 14 / D. VAN KEYMEULEN / BEL / Bikersdays Yamaha Moto 1 / 34'39.224 / 37.402 15 / J. FORES / ESP / SLM Racing / 34'40.396 / 38.574 Fastest Lap 3° Broc Parkes 1'36.399 165,998 Km/h Lap Record: K.Fujiwara 1'36.642 165,580 Km/h 2004

Riders Championship Standings: 1 CHARPENTIER 50 , 2 CURTAIN 40, 3 HARMS 21, 4 STIGEFELT 20, 5 PARKES 16, 6 SOFUOGLU 16, 7 BROOKES 16, 8 ROCCOLI 15, 9 ZAISER 15, 10 FORES 14, 11 TIBERIO 13, 12 VIZZIELLO 10, 13 LE GRELLE 10, 14 THOMAS 8, 15 SANCHINI 4.

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