MORE POINTS FOR VERMEULEN BUT DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MUGGERIDGE Chris Vermeulen finished in fourth place in a rain-interrupted second race at Phillip Island this afternoon in round two of the 2005 World Superbike championship. The race was won by ...
MORE POINTS FOR VERMEULEN BUT DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MUGGERIDGE
Chris Vermeulen finished in fourth place in a rain-interrupted second race at Phillip Island this afternoon in round two of the 2005 World Superbike championship. The race was won by fellow-Australian, Troy Corser, but Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge retired after crashing out on lap six of the 22-lapper.
Starting in dry but very windy conditions, race two was red-flagged on lap 13 as further rain fell on the 4.4km Phillip Island circuit. Vermeulen collected a further 13 points from the restart to follow up his third place in race one and retains fourth place in the championship standings.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager: "It's a pity about the weather here today because in the first dry part of that second race, Chris's lap times were improving and he was making another charge towards a podium finish - just like in race one. Unfortunately we couldn't complete the job in the wet second half but that's how it goes sometimes. At least he collected another handful of points. I feel sorry for Karl, who has endured a tough day. I feel he deserved a lot more after qualifying so well but we'll regroup and hope for better things when we return to Europe."
Chris Vermeulen - fourth "I had some good starts today but it just span up like crazy in the wet restart so I couldn't get away as well as I needed to. It was really slippery out there - worse than in warm-up - and the wind didn't help. I was going fine again in the dry and felt really comfortable but at least I got a few points today. A third and a fourth from ninth on the grid isn't so bad. Imagine what we could do from pole position; but I haven't had that pleasure yet. Then again, I've never started from the third row either!"
Karl Muggeridge - DNF "It was getting pretty aggressive in that first part of race two but I was comfortable and the bike was feeling good, even though I hadn't got a great start. I was battling with James Toseland and we got into a situation at turn 10 where I just had nowhere to go. It's disappointing because we'd been making steady progress right through the weekend and had a pretty good qualifying and Superpole. After the crash in warm-up this morning I wanted a couple of good results for the team, who have worked really hard, but I guess that'll have to wait until Valencia."
World Superbike, Phillip Island - race two results, aggregate times (22 laps, 97.79kms): 1 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki) 37m34.183s, 2 Yukio Kagayama JPN (Suzuki) +5.822s, 3 Max Neukirchner GER (Honda) +10.897, 4 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda) +18.757, 5 Fonsi Nieto ESP (Ducati) +53.089, 6 Alessio Corradi ITA (Ducati) +54.127, 7 Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati) +58.076, 8 Norick Abe JPN (Yamaha)+1:03.328, 9 Giovanni Bussei ITA (Kawasaki) +1:04.355, 10 Mauro Sanchini ITA (Kawasaki) +1:08.754.
Championship points after two of 12 rounds: Corser 91, Kagayama 85, Laconi 54, Vermeulen 50, Neukirchner 37, Abe 33, Andrew Pitt AUS (Yamaha) 31, James Toseland GBR (Ducati) 22, Bussei 20, Nieto 17, Muggeridge 15.
Next round: Valencia, Spain - 24 April