SECOND ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE IN AUSTRALIA Karl Muggeridge will start tomorrow's second round races of the 2005 World Superbike championship from the second row of the grid after setting the sixth fastest time in his first ever Superpole event this...
SECOND ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE IN AUSTRALIA
Karl Muggeridge will start tomorrow's second round races of the 2005 World Superbike championship from the second row of the grid after setting the sixth fastest time in his first ever Superpole event this afternoon. Superpole allows one flying lap to the 16 fastest riders from qualifying to establish final grid positions.
With Japanese rider, Yukio Kagayama, setting the fastest time, Muggeridge's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Chris Vermeulen, was ninth fastest and will start the two 22-lap races at the 4.4km Phillip Island circuit from the front of row three.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Superpole is always an event in itself and I was very pleased with the way Karl handled his first, after a wet session at the first round in Qatar. He managed to improve his qualifying time by 0.8s and move up to the second row. We are a little surprised by Chris's performance after he had been running so well earlier and qualified for Superpole in fourth place. But we'll now concentrate on tomorrow's two races for which I believe we have solved the puzzle of setting up the bike here. We'll confirm a couple of things in warm-up tomorrow morning and I'm confident we can be up at the front in the races.
Karl Muggeridge - sixth fastest, 1m33.557s
"I was pretty pleased with that Superpole lap because it's always nice to get the track to yourself with a grippy qualifier. Having said that, I'm not sure I got the most out of it and may have gone into turn one a little cautious. I just tried to be smooth all the way round and it felt nice - especially knocking that much off my qualifying time. The team's been working really hard all weekend to get the front working properly and, after yesterday's two options, I think we've found a good set-up for the race. I've said from the start that as long as we're making steady improvements for Sunday, the results will come. We've made the improvements here so we'll just have to go for the results tomorrow.
Chris Vermeulen - ninth fastest, 1m34.053s
"It was strange because I was really struggling for grip out there in Superpole and I went almost as fast on a race tyre during earlier practice. It felt pretty smooth all the way round but I just wasn't able to open the throttle properly. After the times I'd been doing earlier, I was pretty confident of being able to do a low 31s lap but hey, that's Superpole for you. I know it makes good TV but I'm not a huge fan really; you can sometimes lose a little but other times lose a lot. I've got a good race set-up though and I'm confident of being able to run at the front at race pace - I'll just have to get a couple of good starts from where I am.
World Superbike, Phillip Island - final qualifying times:
1 Yukio Kagayama JPN (Suzuki) 1m33.241s, 2 Steve Martin AUS (Petronas) 1:33.301, 3 Max Neukirchner GER (Honda) 1:33.375, 4 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki) 1:33.398, 5 Andrew Pitt AUS (Yamaha) 1:33.461, 6 Karl Muggeridge AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:33.557, 7 Garry McCoy AUS (Petronas) 1:33.676, 8 Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati) 1:33.837, 9 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:34.053, 10 James Toseland GBR (Ducati) 1:34.068.