Monza: Ten Kate Honda Supersport race report

Ten Kate Honda celebrate a fabulous win for Foret at Monza. Fabien Foret thrilled the crowd with a fantastic victory at Monza with a tremendous World Supersport race that saw him dicing with young Chris Vermeulen for the lead. Chris Vermeulen,...

Ten Kate Honda celebrate a fabulous win for Foret at Monza.

Fabien Foret thrilled the crowd with a fantastic victory at Monza with a tremendous World Supersport race that saw him dicing with young Chris Vermeulen for the lead.

Chris Vermeulen, who rides for Van Zon Honda TKR, a satellite team of Ten Kate Honda, took second place after a tremendous battle with Foret in front of the 82,000 crowd.

"Towards the end of the race my brakes were fading because the pace was so unbelievably hot," explained a delighted Foret who broke the lap record in the race. "But the Pirelli tyres were fantastic, even right at the end of the race they were giving full grip. The Honda CBR600FS is extremely fast, perfect for Monza, and I made a break away from the pack with Chris Vermeulen in the last few laps. I knew it would be all down to the last bend between Chris and me. I was able to get the better line in that last turn to get victory and to close up to Chambon in the championship. Now I am really looking forward to Silverstone."

The result left in-form Foret only four points behind championship leader Stephane Chambon after five races.

Team Manager Ronald ten Kate was delighted with the result; "It's a double for us as Chris Vermeulen came in second using a Ten Kate machine. I'm delighted for both of them and I have to thank Pirelli for providing such fantastic tyres for this meeting. Everyone has worked hard to get the Honda CBR600FS working so well, including the WP suspension people who help make all this possible."

Iain MacPherson, who struggled in qualifying, finished the race eighth after finding a good race set up. Iain, who joined the team only days before the start of the season, hadn't benefited from any pre-season testing with Ten Kate Honda so has been playing catch up all year. "I think we've started to find the right set up for me here," said MacPherson who's riding style is so different to Foret's. "We'll be testing at Misano and then Silverstone so we've got time before the next race to perfect it."

The team now go straight to Misano for testing before heading to England for the next championship race in Silverstone.

World Supersport Championship
Monza

Race result:
1 Fabien Foret, France, Ten Kate Honda, 30m 42.007s
2 Chris Vermeulen, Australia, Van Zon Honda TKR, 30m 42.131s
3 Katsuaki Fujiwara, Japan, Suzuki, 30m 43.173s
4 Andrew Pitt, Australia, Kawasaki, 30m 43.210s
5 Stephane Chambon, France, Suzuki, 30m 44.468s
6 Paolo Casoli, Italy, Yamaha, 30m 45.316s
7 Piergiorgio Bontempi, Italy (Ducati) 30m 54.477s
8 Iain MacPherson, GB, Ten Kate Honda, 30m 59.890s
9 Jorg Teuchert, Germany, Yamaha, 31m 00.129s

10 Werner Daemen, Belgium Van Zon Honda TKR, 31m 00.253s.

World championship points after five of 12 rounds: 1 Chambon 88, 2 Foret, Ten Kate Honda 84, 3 Pitt 83, 4 Fujiwara 49, 5 Christian Kellner, Germany 47, 6 Vermeulen Van Zon Honda TKR 45

Next round: Silverstone, GB -- May 26

-tkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Andrew Pitt , Stephane Chambon , Katsuaki Fujiwara , Christian Kellner , Fabien Foret , Iain MacPherson , Jorg Teuchert , Werner Daemen , Chris Vermeulen