PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR WINSTON MEN AT ASSEN Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge and Chris Vermeulen set the third and fourth fastest times respectively in this afternoon's first qualifying session for Sunday's ninth round World Superbike...
PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR WINSTON MEN AT ASSEN
Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge and Chris Vermeulen set the third and fourth fastest times respectively in this afternoon's first qualifying session for Sunday's ninth round World Superbike championship races at Assen in Holland.
Britain's James Toseland took provisional pole position with series leader, Troy Corser, second fastest as Winston's Australian pairing of Muggeridge and Vermeulen searched for the ideal racing set-up for their Honda CBR1000RRs at the revised 5.9km Assen circuit.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"I think that's a pretty good start to the weekend for us. Both riders were quickly up to speed after the break following the last round at Brands Hatch. We still have some improvements to make on both sides of the garage but the consistent weather and dry weekend that's been forecast will help us to work on those areas. We're not quite there yet but the guys are up there where it matters and will be looking to go even better tomorrow."
Karl Muggeridge - third fastest, 2m05.136s
"I put in a qualifier and the lap wasn't bad but it wasn't that good, either. I walked away knowing it was pretty average but it was on an old front tyre so I wasn't exactly barrelling in everywhere. I put in a lot of laps on race rubber, which feels good and the lap times were still pretty good towards the end; so, with some more things to try tomorrow, we should be there or thereabouts. I'm looking for a bike that I can still race when grip levels begin to drop off and that's what we've been concentrating on today. I'm happy with the new section of the circuit here - it still flows but I see it as another passing opportunity."
Chris Vermeulen - fourth fastest, 2m05.445s
"I'm pretty happy with the way things have gone today. I didn't use a qualifier in that session and my best lap was done with a race tyre that was nine laps old. I wasn't happy with the set-up at the start of the session but the guys worked really well in the right direction to get the bike working better. For sure, there's still a way to go but I think we'll find it tomorrow when I think the times are definitely going to get faster. To be honest, I'm not a fan of the revised circuit - I think it's taken something away from Assen but everyone has to ride it so it's not a problem."