Brands Hatch: Ten Kate Honda first qualifying report

Rain fails to stop play for Ten Kate Honda at Brands Hatch Ten Kate Honda rider Karl Muggeridge shrugged off appalling conditions at Brands Hatch for the first timed qualifying session for round eight of the World Supersport ...

Rain fails to stop play for Ten Kate Honda at Brands Hatch

Ten Kate Honda rider Karl Muggeridge shrugged off appalling conditions at Brands Hatch for the first timed qualifying session for round eight of the World Supersport Championship.

Muggeridge was typically Australian about the English weather; "Everyone would rather have sunshine at Brands Hatch but I don't care about the weather! Pirelli have worked very hard and brought along a new wet weather tyre which is working really well."

Championship leader Chris Vermeulen was unwilling to risk his title lead by pushing too hard in the wet.

"I feel I am riding well but I'm not taking silly risks, I'm not pushing it past 100%," admitted the young Australian. "It's not worth the risk, especially as better weather is forecast for later in the weekend. The Honda CBR600RR is working really well here and WP and Pirelli have once again produced the goods."

The wet conditions always present problems but Ten Kate Honda team manager was satisfied that the team had responded to the challenge -- once again.

"It's a good start back after the short break, despite the rain," said Ronald ten Kate. "It's great to be here at Brands Hatch, the circuit is steeped in history and the atmosphere his is brilliant. Of course, we'd rather have good weather but at least it's given us a chance to work out some settings to go with the new wet weather tyre from Pirelli."

World Supersport Championship
Round 8, Brands Hatch July 25-26-27
First timed qualifying

1. K. Muggeridge, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, 1m 38.786
2. P. Riba, ESP, Kawasaki, 1m 38.850
3. T. VD Bosch, FRA, Yamaha, 1m 38.941
4. M. Laverty, GBR, Honda, 1m 40.378
5. C. Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, 1m 40.433
6. I. MacPherson, GBR, Van Zon Honda TKR, 1m 40.805
7. S. Cruciani, ITA, Kawasaki, 1m 40.861
8. B. Veneman, NED, Honda, 1m 40.941
9. R. Ulm, AUT, Honda, 1m 40.945
10. T. Sykes, GBR, Yamaha, 1m 41.049

-tkh-

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