Muggeridge Takes Fifth Win
Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) romped to his fifth win of the season at Assen, his Ten Kate Team's home circuit. With over 400 guests in tow this weekend, it was a special result for all concerned, and the 25 points gained for Muggeridge's win extends his championship lead still further, to a massive 38 points, with only two rounds remaining.
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) did not find his machine set-up a perfect match for the exceptionally hot track conditions, but fought all the way to a fourth place finish, keeping him third in the overall championship fight.
After his fifth win and his sixth podium finish in a row, Muggeridge stated, "There were a lot of guest of the team here this weekend, which added a little something to it all. I was happy just to win the race and make my team happy. Maybe I'll get a job for next year! I'm going to keep pushing until the end, even though our points position is pretty good now. Charpentier is always there now but on the day we'll see who can win the next races. Today Sebastien and the rest did not give me any breaks. I was desperate for them to slow down a bit and give me a break but they kept pushing all the way, With the temperature being so high it was very slippery out there. This morning we could set better times in the lower temperatures."
Parkes felt compromised in his race pace by a not quite perfect set-up for the conditions. "I just couldn't stay on the back of the main group and that was the problem. I lost the front a few times when I was trying to stick with them, but I tried as much as I could but couldn't catch them again. I think it was the bike set-up so I have to do that a little bit better."
Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate was delighted to win, but knows the job is not complete yet. "We could not ask for more from Karl today, taking such a strong win after a great period of qualifying. It is not over yet and we will keep on working hard at the next two races. But we will be waiting for the fat lady to sing. Broc had some problems in the race with grip, so he couldn't do any better than fourth. Luckily for us he was in front of Karl's main championship rival Jurgen van den Goorbergh so I am happy with the job he did today."
<pre> World Supersport Championship Round Eight - Assen, Netherlands Race Results
1. K. Muggeridge AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR, 2. S. Charpentier FRA Honda CBR600RR 0.157 3. A. Pitt AUS Yamaha YZF R6 6.004 4. B. Parkes AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 7.499 5. J. Vd Goorbergh NED Yamaha YZF R6 7.822 6. J. Hanson SWE Honda CBR600RR 23.817 7. M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR600RR 24.757 8. A. Vos NED Kawasaki ZX6 RR 26.405 9. C. Kellner GER Yamaha YZF R6 28.450 10. B. Veneman NED Suzuki GSX-R 600 36.504
</pre> Vermeulen Takes Race Two Win
Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) ran out the winner of one of the best races Assen has ever seen, the second 16-lap contest of the day. Having suffered some set-up imperfections in race one, in which he finished fifth, his Ten Kate pitcrew altered the rear suspension of his machine and it allowed Vermeulen to take his fourth win of the season. He remains second in the championship, tailing new leader Toseland by only three points.
In race one James Toseland (Ducati) secured the win, from Pierfrancesco Chili (Ducati), Regis Laconi (Ducati) and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati). In the second it was to be a classic last lap battle with Toseland, the two young riders easing past at every opportunity. Haga held a close watching brief in third.
In the championship Chris sits second, with Toseland on 255, Vermeulen on 252 and Laconi on 245. With Haga on 241, the championship fight is still a close one between the four top riders.
Vermeulen was delighted with his win, enjoying every second of race two. "I'm very happy now and the team has a good reason for celebration at their home event. We made some changes to the bike after race one. I could run at a much better pace and I knew it was going to be close when I looked back and saw Haga behind with James just in front of me. It was even more exciting on the bike than it was watching from trackside! When you get into a race like that and then win it it's always very rewarding. I'm happy we won that one. All credit to the team, the bike was brilliant in race two. With 14 points between four riders and 100 points up for grabs, it could really still be anyone's championship."
Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate could not have hoped for a better outcome to race two. "The first race was quite difficult with Chris struggling to hang in there. Compliments to his crew who made some changes to the rear suspension, changes that allowed Chris to ride in a different way. He could attack almost anywhere, keeping tight lines and having good grip from the bike. I could see a lot of commitment from Chris and it was one of the best Superbike races I have ever seen. It was an incredible last lap from two young riders and our compliments go to James as well."