Round: 5 – United Kingdom
Circuit: Silverstone
Date: 28 May 2006
Crowd: 71000
Temp: 15ºC
Weather: Dry

Yamaha Motor Germany riders Broc Parkes and Kevin Curtain took advantages of development work on their Yamaha YZF-R6s to finish second and third in a sunny fifth round of the Supersport World Championship at Silverstone today.

Having brought a new development of the YZF-R6 engine with more mid-range power to Silverstone, the Australians pushed defending world champion Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) hard over the opening laps. Parkes set the fastest lap of the race on lap four, however a lack of dry-weather set-up time, brought on by two day’s of wet practice, meant that the Yamaha riders dropped off the pace slightly as the rear end grid decreased from around half distance. The team-mates then engaged their own personal duel before Parkes was able to pull out a slight advantage on his more senior colleague and take second at the flag.

Yamaha Team Italia rider Massimo Roccoli had a good race at Silverstone, ending the day in sixth place after a thrilling race-long battle with Yamaha privateer Xavi Fores and Honda riders Robbin Harms, Mattieu Lagrive and Johan Stigefelt. Harms just finished at the front of the train, with Fores ending the day in seventh. Yamaha GMT94′s David Checa came from dead last at the end of the first lap to finish 11th.

The result sees Curtain consolidate his second place in the championship, 40 points behind Charpentier after five of the 12 championship rounds. Parkes moves up to fourth place with Roccoli sixth. The sixth round of the championship takes place at Misano in Italy in one month’s time.

Broc Parkes (Yamaha Motor Germany)

“The bike is working really well at the moment but we didn’t have a lot of time to set it up this weekend. But on Sunday afternoon I found something that was working pretty well. I felt a lot better at quarter distance into the race, but at that time I really didn’t get the chance to get past Sebastien. But things are good for me, getting better and better, but it hasn’t been easy for me this year, after some good qualifying performances but problems in the races. So I’m happy to score this and I’m looking forward to getting better and better.”

Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany)
“Things were going ok until I ran out of rear grip. I changed to my second bike this morning, after the free practice of warm-up. In general we did not have a lot of dry time for set-up because it has been raining so much this weekend. But it was important to get a good haul of points after losing a whole bunch in Monza.”

Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia)
“A difficult race because Silverstone is a physically demanding circuit and we had very little time in the dry. I couldn’t hold Harms off in the end but I’m pleased with sixth and getting some more good championship points.”

Terrell Thien (Team Manager – Yamaha Motor Germany)
“We are really happy with the results today, especially with all the new parts we’ve brought this weekend. Seeing both riders on the podium is good for the team spirit, especially after the DNF in Monza. We are looking forward to the three day test in Brno. This is a track that really suits the Yamaha. We should be able to make some improvements to the suspension because the bike is so new and we are learning about it with every lap we do.”


Race classification WSS

Round: 5 – United Kingdom
Circuit: Silverstone
Circuit Length: 3619
Lap Record: 1′ 29.027 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005) Fastest Lap Ever:  1′ 28.750 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)

Race: 28 Laps
Pos.  Rider Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
1   S. Charpentier Honda  FRA  41′ 54.640
2   B. Parkes Yamaha  AUS  +2.802
3   K. Curtain Yamaha  AUS  +6.767
4   P. Riba Kawasaki  ESP  +17.116
5   R. Harms Honda  DNK  +26.102
6   M. Roccoli Yamaha  ITA  +27.097
7   X. Fores Yamaha  ESP  +27.492
8   M. Lagrive Honda  FRA  +27.492
9   J. Stigefelt Honda  SWE  +29.073
10   K. Fujiwara Honda  JPN  +41.265
11   D. Checa Yamaha  ESP  +41.615
12   M. Berger Kawasaki  FRA  +43.602
13   K. Andersen Suzuki  NOR  +44.079
14   Y. Tibero Honda  FRA  +47.538
15   S. Easton Ducati  GBR  +49.619

Championship standings WSS

Pos.  Rider  Manufacturer  Nat. Points
1   Sebastien Charpentier Honda  FRA 116
2   Kevin Curtain Yamaha  AUS 76
3   Robbin Harms Honda  DNK 63
4   Broc Parkes Yamaha  AUS 58
5   Yoann Tibero Honda  FRA 50
6   Massimo Roccoli Yamaha  ITA 46
7   Xavi Fores Yamaha  ESP 39
8   Johan Stigefelt Honda  SWE 35
9   Kenan Sofuoglu Honda  TUR 27
10   Katsuaki Fujiwara Honda  JPN 22
11   Joshua Brookes Ducati  AUS 21
12   Gianluca Vizziello Yamaha  ITA 17
13   Christian Zaiser Ducati  AUT 15
14   Pere Riba Kawasaki  ESP 13
15   Sebastien Le Grelle Honda  BEL 12
19   David Checa Yamaha  ESP 8

Manufacturers standings WSS

Pos. Manufacturer Points
1  Honda 125
2  Yamaha 93
3  Ducati 34
4  Kawasaki 27
5  Suzuki 10


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