Sébastien Charpentier (motorcycle racer)

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Sébastien Charpentier
Sébastien Charpentier.jpg
Charpentier in 2013
Nationality  French
Born (1973-03-26) 26 March 1973 (age 43)
La Rochefoucauld, France
Current team Triumph BE1
Bike number 1
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Supersport World Championship
Active years 1998–2010
Manufacturers Honda, Triumph
Championships 2 (2005, 2006)
2010 championship position
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
87 13 23 22 15 703

Sébastien Charpentier (born 26 March 1973 in La Rochefoucauld, Charente) is a French motorcycle road racer. He is the only man to have won the Supersport World Championship in successive years, 2005 and 2006.[1]

He made his debut in 1996, when he won the France Honda CB500 Cup.[2] In 1997 he participated in the Supersport European Championship, and since 1998 he has participated in Supersport World Series (that became the Supersport World Championship in 1999) with Honda.[2] His 2006 title victory came after Yamaha Germany's Kevin Curtain crashed in the final round while looking set for the crown.[3] He opened 2006 with a victory in Qatar[4] and took three successive poles early in this season.[5]

In 2000 he participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with William Costes and Sébastien Gimbert.[2][6]

In the 2007 Supersport world championship, an injury-induced absence in some races reduced his final standing to 11th overall, in stark contrast to his double championships victories in the previous two years.[7] He did not race full-time in 2008 or 2009, but did race the 2009 Le Mans motorcycle race, and mentored young Honda riders Gino Rea and Maxime Berger.[8]

For 2010 he returned to World Supersport racing with Triumph,[1] but quit the team after just one unsuccessful race.[9] He then joined Daffix Racing BMW for the Endurance World Championship, swapping rides with countryman Matthieu Lagrive.[10]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 1996 – France Honda CB500 Cup, Champion
  • 1997 – Supersport European Championship, Honda France, 1 place
  • 1998 – Supersport World Series, Honda Reflex Team, 13th, 27 pts (1 win)
  • 1999 – Supersport World Championship, Team Elf Honda France, 19th, 20 pts
  • 2000 – Supersport World Championship, Honda France Elf
  • 2001 – Supersport Spanish Championship
  • 2002 – Supersport World Championship, Moto 1, 28th, 6 pts
  • 2003 – Supersport World Championship, Moto 1, Team Klaffi Honda, 7th, 72 pts (1 podium)
  • 2004 – Supersport World Championship, Team Klaffi Honda, 4th, 120 pts (5 podiums, 1 pole position, 1 fastest lap)
  • 2005 – Supersport World Championship, Winston Ten Kate Honda, Champion, 210 pts (6 wins, 9 podiums, 10 pole positions, 8 fastest laps)
  • 2006 – Supersport World Championship, Winston Ten Kate Honda, Champion, 194 pts (6 wins, 7 podiums, 8 pole positions, 4 fastest laps)
  • 2007 – Supersport World Championship, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, 11th, 51 pts (3 pole positions, 2 fastest laps)
  • 2010 – Supersport World Championship, ParkinGO Triumph, 33rd, 3 pts

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Guy (20 January 2010). "Charpentier back in World Supersport action". Motorcycle News. Retrieved 23 January 2010.  ("Double World Supersport champion Sebastien Charpentier will make his return to the championship where he enjoyed unprecedented success after signing to ride for the BE1 Triumph squad in 2010. Charpentier who won two titles for the dominant Ten Kate Honda squad in 2005 and 2006...")
  2. ^ a b c Sébastien Charpentier Profile, Castrol.com, Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  3. ^ WSS 2006 – Sebastien Charpentier, World Champion
  4. ^ Supersport World Championship Race Results
  5. ^ Top Tags: london products motorcycles offroad supermoto scooters motogp wsb bsb mx Charpentier Takes Third Consecutive Pole
  6. ^ Kenny Pryde (20 January 2010). "Charpentier back in world supersport". Superbike (magazine). Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Sarah Carnell (20 July 2007). "Brno World Superbikes: Kenan Sofuoglu goes provisional pole for World Supersport". Motorcycle News. Retrieved 23 January 2010.  ("Sebastien Charpentier will have received a massive confidence boost with his second place at the track where he had a massive crash and broke his pelvis last year.")
  8. ^ Charpentier back in world supersport
  9. ^ Sebastien Charpentier leaves the Supersport World Championship
  10. ^ Sébastien Charpentier joins Daffix Racing BMW Michelin

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Karl Muggeridge
World Supersport Champion
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Kenan Sofuoğlu