A promising weekend finishes in disappointment.
The Van Zon Honda TKR World Supersport team left Oschersleben empty handed.
It had been a promising weekend, with championship points and podium finishes looking very likely. Chris Vermeulen qualified in fifth and got a great start in the race. Werner Daemen, only recently back from injury, lined up 16th on the grid. But it all ended with double disappointment for the team with Daemen crashing and Vermeulen failing to finish after his machine developed a mechanical problem on the final lap.
"I'm really disappointed about the last lap," said Vermeulen after the race. "I had a great start but had a few problems in the race. We hadn't got the bike set up absolutely right before the race and I'd opted for a front tyre that proved too soft in the race. It started to cause me trouble so I adapted my riding style, holding the bike upright more and trying to square off the turns. This worked and I started to make up places again. I reckon I could have got by Pitt again and was lining him up for a pass at the last turn. Then the bike stopped and I had no choice but to park it and walk back to the pits."
Werner Daemen's luck was similar. He was taken out early in the race in a three-bike pile up. "I got tangled up with two other riders and crashed," explained Daemen. "Carlacci apologised to me after the race, as he had hit me from behind when we crashed. But to be honest I think by the time he hit me I had already lost the front end and so would have crashed anyway!"
The team now have to pack up for the trip to Assen for what is effectively the Belgium-based team's home round, held at the historic Dutch track next weekend.