Misano: Ten Kate Honda race report

Ten Kate Honda hit zero at Misano A day of disappointment for the Ten Kate Honda Supersport team in Italy for the seventh round of the World Supersport championship with both riders crashing out at the same turn on different laps. Karl ...

Ten Kate Honda hit zero at Misano

A day of disappointment for the Ten Kate Honda Supersport team in Italy for the seventh round of the World Supersport championship with both riders crashing out at the same turn on different laps.

Karl Muggeridge was first to go when he lost the front end in the Curva Carro, the third turn on the Santa Monica circuit.

"I got absolutely no warning," said Muggeridge after the race. "The Honda CBR600RR had been performing faultlessly and I was making my way up through the field. Things looked good until I found myself sitting in the gravel at the Carro."

In a double dose of misfortune Muggeridge's team mate Chris Vermeulen crashed out at the same turn, in the same manner, two laps later.

"The Pirelli tyres, the bike - everything was great until that point. I got no warning and I couldn't catch it with my knee. I'm obviously very upset to crash out while leading and I apologised to the team for disappointing them like this - they've all worked so hard this weekend to provide me with a great bike."

Team manager Ronald ten Kate was stunned by the result:

"We were expecting a hard race but honestly had no idea it would be this hard!" he said. "The only positive point is that we are still leading the championship by 35 points, so there's no need to panic. What is strange is that two very talented riders should have identical crashes at the same spot on the dame day. It's even stranger when you consider that the same corner also saw crashes from Neil Hodgson in the Superbike race and Pere Riba in Supersport and I think several others today. It looks like that turn is a bit of a Bermuda Triangle today."

World Supersport championship
Round seven, San Marino, June 20 - 21 - 22

Race result:
1. F. Foret, FRA, Kawasaki, 37m 55.497
2. K. Fujiwara, JAP, Suzuki, +1.661s
3. B. Parkes, AUS, Honda, +3.953s
4. S. Chambon, FRA, Suzuki, +8.067s
5. J. Teuchert, GER, Yamaha, +10.940s
6. C. Kellner, GER, Yamaha, +11.271s
7. A. Corradi, ITA, Yamaha, +12.391s
8. S. Sanna, ITA, Yamaha, +17.319s
9. C. Cogan, FRA, Honda, +24.652s
10. S. Cruciani, ITA, Kawasaki, +26.136

DNF: K. Muggeridge, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, 6 laps
DNF: C. Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda. 8 laps

-tkh-

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