Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra's World Supersport riders, Stephane Chambon and Katsuaki Fujiwara, will be looking to finish the season in second and third places overall as the year reaches its conclusion at Magny-Cours this weekend.

Although Honda's Chris Vermeulen has already sewn up the title in the last round at Imola, runner-up and third places are very much up for grabs. Both riders are
keen on finishing the season on a high, and none more so than Frenchman Chambon, who will be competing in a world championship race in front of his own fans for
the very first time.

"It's been a very long time - twelve years - since there was a World Superbike or Supersport Championship event in France, and I hope we get a very good crowd," he said, "The Supersport class is very popular in France and I think it's going to be a tremendous race.

"It's going to be hard for sure - mainly because of the nature of the track - but I really want to do well in front of my fans and I really want to end the season as runner-up in the championship."

Team-mate Fujiwara has been in something of a slump of late, and is looking to the last race of the year to allow him to go out of the campaign on a high note.

"The start of my season was better then the second part, and now I want to end the year with a good result," he confirmed, "Steph and I cannot win the title this year, but we have a chance of finishing second and third, and that's what we'll be aiming for. The team has done so well to keep our bike competitive against all the other new bikes this year, and I am hoping to reward them in the best possible way. A podium will be good, but a win will be better.

While his senior counterparts strive to be the best of the rest in Supersport, Team Alstare's Superstock prot?g?, Michel Fabrizio, knows that the 2003 European Superstock Championship title is his for the taking.

He holds a 15-point lead over his nearest rival - Lorenzo Lanzi - but is determined to use his head and do whatever is necessary to take the title this weekend. Fabrizio is taking nothing for granted and he and the team are preparing for Magny-Cours by not leaving anything to chance.

"Lanzi's mistake in the last round gave me just the chance I wanted," Fabrizio said, "I pressured him throughout the race and he was unable to take it. I know that
a 15-point advantage sounds a lot, but anything can happen in racing, so I'm not taking anything for granted. I aim to ride professionally and use my head throughout the weekend and hopefully get the rewards at the end."

Magny-Cours hosted a round of the Superbike World Championship in 1991, but this will be the first time that Supersport and Superstock events will be taking place on the French track. The circuit was designed with Formula One in mind and is a difficult track for bikes, due in part to the number of slow corners. The 2003 Honda has been the bike to beat this season, but it is testimony to the skill of Chambon and Fujiwara and the hard work of the Alstare Suzuki team that second and third places are a very real possibility.

 

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