Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) won his fourth 2006 WSS race after a front-running display at the short and tight Silverstone circuit, holding off intense early attacks from Yamaha riders Parkes and Curtain, despite a lack of dry set-up time after a mostly wet practice. Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda) finished the race in a lowly 20th place, after qualifying 18th.
With so little dry qualifying time, Charpentier just missed out on a new lap record, but led every single lap, and went equal on the list of all time WSS race winners, with 11 victories to his credit.
In the championship battle, Charpentier is in an unrivalled 116 points, 40 points ahead of Curtain's 76. Sofuoglu now sits ninth in the series, with 27, having scored no Silverstone points.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager;
"I am so happy that Sebastien won again, after his great, crazy ride to third at Monza. He showed that he can run at the front again and that he is back in control. It is also good for his championship position, and he has a forty-point lead now. He led very well and at one point the two guys following him got close to him, dicing with each other and pushing for quicker lap times. At that moment the counterattack from Sebastien was very good because he put in a couple of 1'29 lows, and got a four second gap. That gave him the eventual win, and another perfect weekend for us. We can consider with Kenan that the weekend was a disaster. To be honest, I see no reason why he is in the position he's in. Lucky for him we are going to the Brno test now, before the Misano race, so that will give him three days to recover, and come back to his old riding level. Finishing in 20th position is not what we are aiming for with him; it's far less than his skills as a rider. So I am sure we will fix this out at Misano."
Sébastien Charpentier - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (1st - Championship Position: 1st with 116 points);
"It was not an easy race for sure, even if it looked that way. It was hard because it is very bumpy, a short track, very physical. So I am happy because yesterday it was difficult to practice, because there was so much rain. The bike was not bad and for the championship I got more good points, so thanks to Ten Kate and Honda."
Kenan Sofuoglu - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (20th - Championship Position: 9th with 27 points);
"Things were not so good all weekend luck was not with me and it was difficult. I started in 18th position and that was far less than what I wanted to do, normally I want to be in the top five. But in the race it did not work out, I couldn't go away from the others, and I was overtaken. I tried the maximum I could do but I did not feel so strong. My physical condition was OK, but I thought I was going to crash. I don't know what the problem was exactly so I am looking to the Brno test to get my feeling back for the Italian race at Misano."
- 1. Charpentier - 116
- 2. Curtain - 76
- 3. Harms - 63
- 4. Parkes - 58
- 5. Tiberio - 50