Imola: Ten Kate Honda preview

TOSELAND AND MUGGERIDGE READY TO END THE SEASON ON A HIGH The penultimate World Superbike Championship round is about to be held at Imola, on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, only one week before the season finale at Magny Cours, France....

TOSELAND AND MUGGERIDGE READY TO END THE SEASON ON A HIGH

The penultimate World Superbike Championship round is about to be held at Imola, on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, only one week before the season finale at Magny Cours, France. This stage of the season sees the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team in the role of one of the main championship protagonists, thanks to the efforts of James Toseland. The English rider, having won the most recent race in Germany, is still fighting to secure second position in the championship and Imola is an ideal track to make his decisive attack - and the circuit will also offer opportunities to Karl Muggeridge. Until now fortune has not smiled on him too often, but the Australian rider is back to good form as he aims to step on the podium for the first time this year, on a track which has previous delivered him two World Supersport Championship race wins.

Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager

"Last year, in the final part of the season, we were consistently fast and we are hoping to have the same results this year. At Lausitz we did quite well and I believe we are really on the right track for Imola - in every meaning of the word. The recent test at Magny-Cours went well, we tried some new electronic parts and got some positive feedback from both of our riders. Both Karl and James are in good form overall and we are determined to win some races in the next two rounds."

James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider

"I'm ready for Imola. The test in Magny-Cours has helped to set the bike up for the last race of the season, to be held on that very same track, and it also helped us to try some new parts for the bike. The victory at Lausitz lifted the team's morale and I know all of us want to win again in these last four individual races. The fight for second place is still open and I will be doing my best to win it."

Karl Muggeridge -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider

"We're getting close to the end of the season and I really want to step on the podium at least once. It hasn't been a lucky racing year for me, due the injury right at the beginning of the season, which held me back for a while. It was hard to recover from it, but in the last few races I've felt good again. In Imola I will give all I have to get on the podium. The weather forecast promises sunshine and warm temperatures, and this should help us to reach our goal."

-credit: tkh

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