Sebastien Charpentier had a tough time from Kevin Curtain at the undulating Phillip Island circuit, for round two of the World Supersport championship. However the French man just beat the Australian across the line for the race win.
Third place went to Curtain's team-mate Broc Parkes, so two Aussies on the podium to please the local fans.
“I think my biggest problem here was gearing and I had no grip,” lamented Parkes “Gear two was too low and I was hitting the limiter on the straight.” This is a circuit that Parkes hadn't had a lot of luck with as he went on to explain “I've never had much luck here, it is one of few tracks where I've not had a podium at, so it is good to get it out of the way,” he concluded.
Curtain's first comment on the race was “Difficult wasn't it?! I couldn't believe it every time I got a gap on him he'd get me!” he exclaimed. “The first stage of development of the R6 has been really good, I can't wait for the second stage,” enthused Curtain.
“It is a nice race, and Kevin is very strong in the race,” said Charpentier, “Is home race for Kevin and I try hard for a win. Grip was incredible – many spinning in the rear. My bike is good.” The Honda is strong already however Charpentier feels the Yamaha is developing well “The Yamaha is a good bike, so I need to work hard for next race, but it has been a good weekend for my team.”
Tom Tunstall had a tough weekend on his Hardigne Bridgeport Honda, qualifying twenty sixth he managed to finish eighteenth, just outside the points which had been his aim. Dean Thomas on the Gil Motorsport had a good run at his home circuit finishing in a creditable eighth place on a bike that was down on top speed.
WSS race results – Phillip Island: