Van Zon Honda TKR survive an extra long Supersport race.
The Supersport race at Brands Hatch lasted nearly two hours. A spate of incidents brought out the red flag three times to stop the race. The race took place in front of a 126,000 spectators under full sunshine at the historic circuit in England.
"That's got to be the longest race we've ever done!" said Chris Vermeulen. "I couldn't believe it when I saw them waving the flags for the third time. But when a rider's down in a dangerous place like that they don't have any choice but to stop the race."
Chris had struggled during the weekend to get the bike's set up absolutely right. But things came together on race day and he managed to improve on his qualifying position of 13th to finish eighth in the race. "The restarts actually helped me as each time they stopped the race I advanced up the grid a bit. I reckon I am one of the fittest riders around and that counted in my favour today."
For Werner Daemen the weekend was his first after an enforced layoff due to injury. "I'm still riding through the pain," said the plucky rider from Belgium. "We've had our problems this weekend but we've all worked hard to sort things out and things came out good. We've get good support from WP Suspension and the Pirelli tyres were excellent. But it's hard to race in circumstances like today. Now we're looking forward to the last three races, especially the visit to Assen."
Werner finished the interrupted race in 12th, a great result for a rider still handicapped by injury.
1 Katsuaki Fujiwara, Japan (Suzuki) 35m 09.441s,
2 Fabien Foret, France (Ten Kate Honda) 35m 09.727s,
3 Paolo Casoli, Italy (Yamaha) 35m 10.883s,
4 Iain MacPherson, GB (Ten Kate Honda) 35m 14.396s,
5 Jorg Teuchert, Germany (Yamaha) 35m 15.739s,
6 Christian Kellner, Germany (Yamaha) 35m 17.182s,
7 Alessio Corradi, Italy (Yamaha) 35m 21.816s,
8 Chris Vermeulen, Australia (Van Zon Honda TKR) 35m 23.853s,
12 Werner Daemen, Belgium, (Van Zon Honda TKR) 35m 40.965s