Monza: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

Two Ten Kate Honda heroes at Monza Both Ten Kate Honda riders were heroes in the first qualifying session at Monza but for completely different reasons. Karl Muggeridge shaved almost a second off the best lap time while Chris Vermeulen qualified...

Two Ten Kate Honda heroes at Monza

Both Ten Kate Honda riders were heroes in the first qualifying session at Monza but for completely different reasons. Karl Muggeridge shaved almost a second off the best lap time while Chris Vermeulen qualified second despite injuring his thumb in a fall during the morning's free practice.

Karl Muggeridge blitzed the opposition in the session, his best lap of 1m 52.432 really sets the pace for the weekend and is almost a second quicker than the rest of the pack.

"I'm really stoked about the time," said Muggeridge, "everything is going so well. The bike is really fast and the tyres and suspension are working great."

It wasn't all plain sailing for Muggeridge, "There was a lot of crashes in the session and it made it really hard to do a flying lap because you kept coming up against traffic and yellow flags."

Although he's almost a second down on his team mate, Chris Vermeulen's time is no less remarkable. Riding with a torn ligament in his right thumb as a result of the morning's crash, Vermeulen is suffering intense pain under braking.

"This circuit is all braking and my hand hurts when I put pressure on it. I have to be cautious everywhere because of my thumb, I am riding with a little margin for error."

Team Manager Ronald ten Kate had nothing but admiration for his riders, "I didn't expect that after Chris' crash this morning," admitted ten Kate. "He almost ran into the back of another rider while braking for the Ascari chicane and crashed trying to avoid him. He's damaged ligaments in his thumb and is obviously riding in pain. To see him go second just a few hours later shows he's definitely grown up from a boy to a man.

"As for Karl, it's obvious that he's right back in peak form after suffering from some minor health problems in the run up to the season. Now he's just gone 0.7 seconds under the best lap record here and I think he would have been even faster had he not been held up during another very fast lap late in the session.

"The results show what everybody already knows, Ten Kate Hondas are very fast at Monza!"

<pre> World Supersport Championship Round Four, Monza 16 -- 17 - 18 May 2003

Friday Qualifying Fastest Times

1       K Muggeridge    AUS     Ten Kate Honda          1'52.432
2       C Vermeulen     AUS     Ten Kate Honda          1'53.382
3       J VD Goorbergh  NED     Yamaha                  1'53.415
4       I Macpherson    GBR     Van Zon Honda TKR       1'53.592
5       F Foret         FRA     Kawasaki                1'53.638
6       G Nannelli      ITA     Yamaha                  1'53.755
7       S Sanna         ITA     Yamaha                  1'53.803
8       W Daemen        BEL     Van Zon Honda TKR       1'53.877
9       S Charpentier   FRA     Honda                   1'53.980
10      C Kellner       GER     Yamaha                  1'54.157

-tkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge