PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE AT BRANDS Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge set the fourth fastest time in this afternoon's opening qualifying session for Sunday's eighth round World Superbike championship races at Brands Hatch in...
PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE AT BRANDS
Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge set the fourth fastest time in this afternoon's opening qualifying session for Sunday's eighth round World Superbike championship races at Brands Hatch in the UK. The pace was set by championship leader, Troy Corser, with Muggeridge's team-mate, Chris Vermeulen, seventh fastest.
After morning rain prevented any meaningful set-up work in free practice for the 4.2km undulating Brands Hatch circuit, this afternoon's qualifying session was run in dry conditions with sunnier weather forecast for tomorrow and Sunday.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"I think that this afternoon was pretty OK for our first dry track session and I'm happy enough after day one. It's good to see Karl on the provisional front row because, even though it's one of his favourite circuits, it's his first time here on a superbike. Chris is quite near the pace of the front runners after his time at the Suzuka 8-hour last weekend. But I think he adapted really quickly to the change in tyres and what is really a very different machine. I'm sure we'll find some more improvements to the bike tomorrow when, hopefully, the weather will be a more consistent factor."
Karl Muggeridge - fourth fastest, 1m27.742s
"Yeah, this track is certainly pretty different on a superbike - it suddenly looks a lot skinnier than I remember! I'm wheelying all the way down the back straight at the moment and having to duck my head to get the front wheel down. We started with a brand new setting here but, to be honest, we were quite a long way away. I still need to be more confident in the front going into corners and to be able to open the gas on the way out over the bumps. But we know what we're after so we just need to put it in the bike and use tomorrow to make those improvements to get it in the right area."
Chris Vermeulen - seventh fastest, 1m28.056s
"I'm not too unhappy with seventh considering the big difference between the bike and the tyres that I rode at the 8-hour last weekend. I expected to struggle a bit more than I did actually and was really just aiming to qualify for Superpole today. But the bike's feeling pretty good after the team made a lot of positive changes after our test at Lausitzring. I ran into a bit of traffic when I put the qualifier in so I wasn't able to go much faster. There's some work to do tonight and tomorrow but I think we'll be able to get it up there."