Katsuaki Fujiwara leads Stephan Charpentier on the first lap of the race from Curtain, Sofuoglu, Fores and Nanelli
Charpentier and Ronald Ten Kate atop the rostrum flanked by Curtain and Sofuoglu
Curtain, Charpentier and Sofuoglu
Sofuoglu is the first Turkish rider to make it to World Championship level and looks to have the raw talent to go further
Kev Curtain debuted the new Yamaha with a second place - just wait until they have the suspension and motor sorted
Second place - not bad, heh what!
The early laps saw Charpentier straight into the lead with Sofuoglu and Curtain fighting clear of the hordes
The final order was established within a few laps - just the distance between them grew
Charpentier is a hot favourite to win his second title
February 26, 2006 Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR rider Sebastien Charpentier started his championship defence in the best fashion possible by winning the first race of the World Supersport Championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar yesterday, scoring pole position, leading every one of the race's 18-laps and setting a new lap record on the way. The Frenchman ran out a five second winner over Kevin Curtain who debuted Yamaha’s ride-by-wire 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6. Perhaps the most promising aspect of the race was that despite the speed of the well-sorted Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR, the new Yamaha was very fast and competitive though it is sill very early in its development. The third generation YZF-R6 looks like it has the goodies to take the race to the dominant Ten Kate team and the talents of Charpentier.
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