VERMEULEN MAKES AMENDS WITH CZECH PODIUM Winston Ten Kate Honda rider, Chris Vermeulen, made up for a disappointing race one result at Brno with his seventh podium of the 2005 World Superbike campaign in race two. The Australian fought back from...
VERMEULEN MAKES AMENDS WITH CZECH PODIUM
Winston Ten Kate Honda rider, Chris Vermeulen, made up for a disappointing race one result at Brno with his seventh podium of the 2005 World Superbike campaign in race two. The Australian fought back from a difficult start to take third place after 20 laps of the 5.4km circuit in the Czech Republic.
The race was won by Japan's Noriyuki Haga with series leader Troy Corser second. Vermeulen's team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, slipped back from second place in the early laps to take ninth place at the flag.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager: "After our disappointing results in the first race here I'm very happy with that podium from Chris and, particularly, the way he took it. He had to come back from eleventh place after the first lap and really put his head down and seemed to get better as the race went on. We managed to get the front end of Karl's bike working a little better than in race one but we sacrificed a serious amount of rear end grip, meaning he couldn't hold on to his good start. We're heading from here and going straight to the Eurospeedway at Lausitzring to do some testing where we have a lot of new things to try."
Chris Vermeulen - "I didn't get off the line too badly but the front wheel started to lift and I had to roll off a bit. I came together with Nori (Haga) in the first turn and got a big wobble on and then found myself with a lot of fast riders who were difficult to pass. A couple of incidents cost me places that I'd worked hard to get but eventually I got into a good rhythm and put in some good laps towards the end of the race. We'd lifted the front a little between the races and that helped me to hold lines a lot better. But we also had a bit of a voltage problem and I was getting some weird signals from the dash. I'm happy with the podium though, considering this was our first time here - it's a good reward for all the team's hard work."
Karl Muggeridge - "Well, we got the front working better after race one but suddenly found I had no grip at the rear. I could brake and run into corners with everyone in the fast group I was with but just lost out when we accelerated away. The bike was definitely better overall so it's a little frustrating that we found another problem, which got worse as the race went on. We're off testing at Lausitzring this week and it's something that we really need. It was uphill a bit for us here in Brno because none of us has been here before and you could tell the teams that had. The test should put us in good shape for Brands Hatch and the races after that."
Next round: Sunday 7 August - Brands Hatch, GB