Assen: Ten Kate Honda preview

HOME RACE WEEKEND BEGINS It will be, without a single doubt, a special race for the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team this weekend. With the latest SBK weekend being held in Assen, Holland, it can be considered a home race in all respects for ...

HOME RACE WEEKEND BEGINS

It will be, without a single doubt, a special race for the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team this weekend. With the latest SBK weekend being held in Assen, Holland, it can be considered a home race in all respects for the Team, under the management of Ronald Ten Kate. During this forthcoming weekend we will see an SBK race on the modified circuit for the first time, on a track with reduced length and, in part, a modified philosophy in the approach to a track which has ever been considered the temple of the racing motorcycle. But the Winston Ten Kate Honda men are ready for this new challenge and both James Toseland and Karl Muggeridge will start out with lofty ambitions. There is a weight of expectation on their shoulders, after the results that were achieved at Assen last year, when the Dutch team secured a fantastic double win with Chris Vermeulen. Both riders are in good form currently and are expected to be fully competitive in the two Superbike races on Sunday.

Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager

"I am looking forward for the team's home round. The track has changed for everybody but mainly it has remained a lot like before. The last couple of year's results have been quite good for us and I really hope to continue this way with Karl and James. We also have some new small parts to test and this will take up a small amount of time on Friday. The weather should be OK, but you never know what the weather is going to be like in Holland-- trust me!"

James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider

"I had a good break which has really recharged my batteries. I spent some time in Greece at my brother's wedding and I really enjoyed it. I am so happy for him. I also kept myself in shape during this time because I still believe we can have a shot at the World Championship. We are not so far from the top considering that there are still 200 points to be won. I know it's an important race for the Team because they are at home and I will do my best to make them happy."

Karl Muggeridge -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider

"I'm feeling good. We had a good 'warm up' at the Ten Kate workshop last weekend for the pit stop day and a lot of fans showed up. The forecast seems to promise some rain for the weekend but this doesn't worry me so much. I will try my best to earn as many points as possible for the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team and me. I know it's a really special race for them."

-credit: wtkh

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge