Casoli Perfect @Sugo

Glenn le santo
by Glenn le santo
World Supersports, Sugo, Japan

Belgarda Yamaha R6 rider Paolo Casoli topped off a perfect weekend with a win in the third round of the World Supersport championship in Japan today. Pole sitter Casoli led the race from start to finish, neatly avoiding the mayhem behind him, to close the gap on championship leader, Pere Riba, to 11 points. Pere Riba finished fourth on his Ten Kate Honda CBR600, Kevin Curtain, who had been joint leader going into the race, slipped into second place in the table after finishing down in sixth place.

The hapless Jamie Whitham was one of the days many DNF?s, although this time he didn't crash but was forced out of third place with an electrical problem. Reigning world champion Jorg Teuchert finished in second place, hauling himself up the championship table to fifth place. Several riders crashed, many of them on the exit of turn two, including Bontempi who was lying second when he fell on lap 13.

Australian Andrew Pitt finished third for the second time in two weeks and held onto his fourth place slot in the championship. Second place finisher at Phillip Island, Adam Fergusson, was unhurt when he fell on lap five.

Casoli was obviously pleased with his weekend's work, "It's been a great weekend and today has been fantastic," said Casoli. "I got a good start and despite suffering from chatter from the front end I just got my head down and concentrated on winning the race."

The riders now fly home to prepare for the next round, Casoli's home race, in Monza on May 13

Race Results and Times

Position Rider Country Manufacturer Total Time1 Casoli JPN Yamaha 39:29.1242 Teuchert GER Yamaha 39:34.4983 Pitt AUS Kaw 39:42.0024 Riba SPN Honda 39:42.9985 Muggeridge AUS Suzuki 39:43.2256 Curtain AUS Honda 39:44.9907 Pirovano ITA Suzuki 39:45.6598 Foret FRA Honda 39:45.8149 Kellner GER Yamaha 39:46.18310 MacPherson GBR Kaw 39:59.713

Championship standings after 3 of 11 rounds

Pos. Rider Brand Points1 Riba Honda 492 Curtain Honda 463 Casoli Yamaha 384 Pitt Kaw 375 Teuchert Yamaha 286 Kellner Yamaha 237 Bontempi Yamaha 228 Guareschi Ducati 219 Muggeridge Suzuki 2110 Fergusson Honda 20
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