FRONT ROW IN GERMANY FOR WINSTON'S VERMEULEN Chris Vermeulen will start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow's two tenth round World Superbike championship races at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany after setting the third fastest time in...
FRONT ROW IN GERMANY FOR WINSTON'S VERMEULEN
Chris Vermeulen will start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow's two tenth round World Superbike championship races at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany after setting the third fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole event. Pole position went to Italy's Lorenzo Lanzi, who is deputising for the injured Regis Laconi. Troy Corser and James Toseland complete the front row for tomorrow's two 24-lap races at the 4.3km circuit.
Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, set the sixth fastest Superpole time after finishing regulation qualifying in third place. The Australian, however, is confident of a good race set-up for his Honda CBR1000RR at the Eurospeedway.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Until Superpole this afternoon it looked as though we could get both riders on the front row for tomorrow's races. It's important to start well here and get away with the leading riders on the opening lap. Unfortunately, Karl's Superpole lap wasn't great so he slipped to sixth on the grid but, with his race set-up, we're confident that he'll be OK for tomorrow. Chris's goal was a front row start and he achieved what he needs if he's to have an opportunity to take more points from Troy (Corser). We're keeping our fingers crossed for the rain to stay away for some good racing tomorrow because it should be pretty spectacular."
Chris Vermeulen - third fastest, 1m39.275s
"As I said last week, as long as I can start on the front row, I'm pretty happy and that's where I am for tomorrow. It's a very different circuit to Assen - a lot slower and bumpier - but we tested here in July so we're pretty happy with the way it's gone. A front row start is really important here because it's going to be quite hard to pass, so you need to get away with the front group. But if it rains tomorrow, as some forecasts are saying, it could get messy. We had some rain here during our test and the place turns into an ice rink when it's wet."
Karl Muggeridge - sixth fastest, 1m39.924s
"What a pathetic lap! I was a little too easy on the brakes because I was trying to keep it clean; but I think maybe it was too clean - I should have been a little more on the edge. A front row start would have been good here but sixth is not so bad, as long as I can get away well at the start. The important thing is that we've found a good bike by making steady progress in each session. We made good progress to day and I'm ready to go tomorrow."