Silverstone: Van Zon Honda TKR Supersport race report

Tyre warmer problem cost Van Zon glory. Chris Vermeulen's second-placed start didn't to deliver its promise at Silverstone when a tyre warmer failed to work on the grid. "I almost crashed at the first turn," said a disappointed Vermeulen after...

Tyre warmer problem cost Van Zon glory.

Chris Vermeulen's second-placed start didn't to deliver its promise at Silverstone when a tyre warmer failed to work on the grid.

"I almost crashed at the first turn," said a disappointed Vermeulen after the race, which was run in appalling conditions. "The tyre warmer had failed to work and so my rear tyre was stone cold. The problem is that in such poor conditions once the tyre is cold, you can't get any heat in it. Thia meant I was forced to ride the entire race on a cold tyre. The rain was terrible, the worst conditions I've ever raced in and I the organisers were right to stop the race."

Chris finished 14th despite the conditions and picked up two valuable championship points.

For Werner Daemen the race was simply one of survival. Still in pain from his shoulder injury sustained at the last round Werner, was very brave to even race this weekend.

"What can you do? Everyone has worked so hard on the bikes, and both Pirelli and WP Suspension have once again done a great job," said Werner, "So as a rider I owe it to them to ride. When you are on the bike, you just get on with the job and do the best you can in the circumstances but when you get off, that's when the pain really hits you!"

Werner finished in seventeenth, an incredible result given the extent of his injuries and the severe weather.

The team now pack up and return to Belgium, before heading to Lausitzring in Germany for the next round on 9 June. Werner now has a valuable two weeks to heal his shoulder before racing again on the fast Van Zon Honda TKR CBR600FS.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Werner Daemen , Chris Vermeulen