WINSTON RIDERS REPEAT SILVERSTONE PERFORMANCES Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen finished fourth in the second race of the World Superbike championship fifth round at Silverstone, GB today, matching his performance in race one. The race...
WINSTON RIDERS REPEAT SILVERSTONE PERFORMANCES
Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen finished fourth in the second race of the World Superbike championship fifth round at Silverstone, GB today, matching his performance in race one. The race was won by British rider James Toseland, with Vermeulen's fellow Australian and team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, finishing in tenth place.
Starting from fifth place on the grid, Vermeulen spent the early part of the 28-lapper around Silverstone's International circuit avoiding trouble and trying to pass slower riders. He threatened to close on the three front runners but was unable to bridge the gap and took his second 13-point haul of the weekend, moving to within three points of second place in the championship.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"I have to admit that our results today have not met the expectations we had following Monza and after our qualifying performance yesterday. It looks like the handling of the bike in first few laps of the race is causing us some problems but hopefully we can look at that when we go testing at Magny Cours in France next week. We have a lot of new parts to test there and this will be our first real opportunity to try things outside a race weekend. We're looking to improve the bike in a few areas and hopefully put the two riders into winning positions. We need to change some things quickly to get back to our winning ways but there are still 14 races left and a lot of points up for grabs."
Chris Vermeulen - fourth
"I was behind James Toseland in the early part of the race but it just seemed to take me longer to get past the other riders than it did for him. I got hit by someone on the infield section on the first lap and then Laconi crashed right in front of me on the second lap. Both those incidents cost me a bit of time and let the others get away. I was pushing really hard though, right to the end of the race, but every time I put in a quick lap, it didn't seem to close the gap at all. I scored one more point here than I did at Monza, where I won, so at least that's a positive. We're going testing next week and I'm sure that'll put us back in the right direction."
Karl Muggeridge - tenth
"We made some changes after race one and the bike was definitely feeling better. But around ten laps before the end, the grip at the rear just seemed to drop off - especially at the hairpin and again coming out of the chicane. It made changing direction pretty difficult but the bike was holding a better line through the faster sections. For sure, the results are disappointing after the progress we made at Monza but there's a long way to go, a lot still to learn and I'm looking forward to testing some new parts in Magny Cours."