|Born||26 March 1973|
La Rochefoucauld, France
|Current team||Triumph BE1|
Sébastien Charpentier (born 26 March 1973 in La Rochefoucauld, Charente) is a French motorcycle road racer. He is the first man to have won the Supersport World Championship in successive years, 2005 and 2006.
He made his debut in 1996, when he won the France Honda CB500 Cup. 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. His 2006 title victory came after Yamaha Germany's Kevin Curtain crashed in the final round while looking set for the crown. He opened 2006 with a victory in Qatar and took three successive poles early in this season.
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. 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.
For 2010 he returned to World Supersport racing with Triumph, but quit the team after just one unsuccessful race. He then joined Daffix Racing BMW for the Endurance World Championship, swapping rides with countryman Matthieu Lagrive.