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van den Goorbergh claims first Supersport victory
29 February 2004
Jurgen van den Goorbergh took his first World Supersport victory in style today at Valencia, the Dutchman leading a Yamaha Italia one-two as pre-season favourites Ten Kate Honda faltered.
Things had been looking good for Ten Kate as Broc Parkes led pole sitting team-mate Karl Muggeridge around turn one, ahead of Klaffi Honda's Sebastien Charpentier and Yamaha Deutschland's Kevin Curtain.
However, Parkes would fall from his CBR600RR on lap two, at turn two - the Aussie punching the ground with disgust as he slid into retirement - and while Muggeridge would inherit the lead he kept it for just two laps before Charpentier moved ahead.
But just seconds later the Frenchman was black flagged for a jump start, handing the advantage to countryman Fabien Foret, who leapt from fourth to first on one lap as a result.
The former world champion then held off Curtain and Muggeridge over the next five laps, by which time his team-mate van den Goorbergh was more of a worry, having carved his way from eighth at the end of lap 1, to second by lap 11.
Also on the move was 2003 event winner Katsuaki Fujiwara, who put the new Suzuki GSX-R600 up to third, ahead of Muggeridge, on lap 12, while up front the two Yamaha Italia riders fought for victory. Foret would keep control until lap 18 when VDG grabbed the lead. Jurgen would then edge further away with each lap to take a 4.898secs advantage by the flag.
Behind the two R6 riders, Fujiwara kept his third position right to the flag, despite late race pressure by Ducati's Lorenzo Lanzi, who took fourth ahead of Fujiwara's Astare team-mates Chambon and Iannuzzo. Meanwhile, Muggeridge would fade from his first on lap four to eighth at the finish, leaving seventh placed Werner Daemen as top Honda.
Full results to follow...
1. van den Goorbergh
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