After a luckless race one finish of ninth James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) rode one of the races of his life to secure the 25 points from race two that keep him in the arithmetical title hunt with two rounds to go. His team-mate...
After a luckless race one finish of ninth James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) rode one of the races of his life to secure the 25 points from race two that keep him in the arithmetical title hunt with two rounds to go. His team-mate Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) had the best finishes of his season in sixth and fifth, and moved from 15th to 13th in the overall points table.
In race one Toseland dropped out of contention for a top six finish when he ran off track but Muggeridge rode a clean race to finish sixth and equal his best finish of the season to that point. Yukio Kagayama won the race from Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser.
In race two Toseland was a virtual start to finish leader, holding off frequent attacks from second place rider Haga, and winning by a mere 0.210 seconds. Bayliss was third, not scoring enough points to take the title at Lausitz. Muggeridge was a clear fifth, finishing ten seconds ahead of the sixth place rider. The top three championship point's scorers now line up Bayliss 357, Haga 270 and Toseland 264.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager
"I had a full champagne shower from James after race two, but I'm not angry with him for this, he can cover me and the team in champagne any weekend he wants to! It was a great win from him. In the first race we made a wrong choice of rear tyre, and he was struggling quite a bit. In race two we could all see even when he left the garage that he was very determined to make this win for him - and us. He had to fight hard for it but he led it from start to finish, and was riding very well. I think it is important to finish the season on a high, so from now on we will go for the single race wins. It was very positive for Karl, his best finish of the season, his best weekend of the season, not really far behind so we can also say he is also moving on. All in all I have been on the podium twice today to collect a winner's trophy, so as team manager I must say that two out of three ain't bad. But my dream is to make it three out of three. We have two more shots for that this year so we will be working hard to get it."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
"I was frustrated after race one because we chose a particular tyre because of the temperature difference from Friday and Saturday and it was not the way to go. So we went back to what we knew - and I knew right away I would be in with a shout in the second. We have two rounds and four races to go and I'm third now, just in behind Nori. It's been a great season racing with Nori all year and it's about time I was up here on the top step after winning the first race of the year in Qatar, so I owe a big thank you to the team. I'm just happy to be back up here."
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (Race 1: 6th - Race 2: 5th - Championship Position: 13th with 97 points)
"This was my best race weekend of the year and my highest single finish so I have to be happy with that. In race one I wasn't too satisfied with the traction I was getting from the back end and in race two the front wasn't quite as good as race one but I could ride consistently today. I'm now looking to the final two races of the year to score a podium finish and move up the table."