Lausitz: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

VERMEULEN ON PROVISIONAL POLE AT EUROSPEEDWAY Chris Vermeulen followed up last weekend's double World Superbike championship victory at Assen by taking provisional pole position this afternoon for Sunday's two tenth round races at Eurospeedway...

VERMEULEN ON PROVISIONAL POLE AT EUROSPEEDWAY

Chris Vermeulen followed up last weekend's double World Superbike championship victory at Assen by taking provisional pole position this afternoon for Sunday's two tenth round races at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany. The Winston Honda rider lapped the 4.3km circuit in a time of 1m38.847s, two tenths faster than fellow Australian and series leader, Troy Corser.

Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, set the fifth fastest time in this afternoon's opening qualifying session to line up on the outside of the provisional second row of the grid for Sunday's two 24-lap races; but the 2004 World Supersport champion feels there is more to come tomorrow.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"Yes, I'm very pleased with the progress we made here this afternoon. Towards the end of that session, we expected Chris to drop a few places down the order because he chose not to use a qualifier. So we put some fresh race rubber on the bike and he was the only rider to lap under 1m40s. Of course, Karl is right up there as well so we'll carry the progress made this afternoon into tomorrow when we have some more things to try and, hopefully, some more dry sessions."

Chris Vermeulen - fastest, 1m39.847s

"I did a 40.1 on an old rear and a front that I don't particularly like so I guess we're doing OK at the moment. Actually, the front is not so bad and the bike is feeling pretty good. Everybody's working really hard together. We have the same problem of lacking initial side grip and then rear grip as we exit the corner, but it's definitely better than it has been. We made some changes after this morning's free practice session and we'll find out more tomorrow about how the tyres will last for the race. It's going to be hard on the brakes here and I found I was having to make a lot of adjustments on the lever this afternoon."

Karl Muggeridge - fifth fastest, 1m40.155s

"I really messed up the first sector on that quicker lap so I know there's more to come. It's going OK but there's definitely still some work to do. I feel pretty comfortable, although there are a few dramas with the slipper clutch and the way the bike is handling under braking. We haven't ticked any boxes yet but the bike's definitely improved after our test here in July. Rear grip feels OK at the moment but we'll try a new shock and linkage for tomorrow. As far as the riding goes, the corners are all U- turns here so it's hard to avoid keeping the bike on its side for too long but we'll try some new techniques tomorrow!"

-wtkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge