DOUBLE SPANISH PODIUM FOR WINSTON'S VERMEULEN Chris Vermeulen scored another podium by finishing second to Troy Corser in race two of this afternoon's World Superbike championship third round at Valencia in Spain. The 22-year-old Winston rider...
DOUBLE SPANISH PODIUM FOR WINSTON'S VERMEULEN
Chris Vermeulen scored another podium by finishing second to Troy Corser in race two of this afternoon's World Superbike championship third round at Valencia in Spain. The 22-year-old Winston rider managed to keep in touch with his fellow-Australian and championship rival throughout the 23-lap race but had to fight off the attentions of Britain's Chris Walker for most of the second half of the race.
Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, finished a disappointing weekend by crashing out on lap 15 of the second outing whilst sitting comfortably in a strong seventh place. With his 40-point haul from today's two races, Vermeulen moves up to third place in the points table as the championship gears up for round four at Monza in Italy in two weeks time.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That was a great ride from Chris - just like in the first race when he had to battle for many laps under a lot of pressure. From what I could see he made no mistakes and protected his position lap after lap. It was a different challenger this time but the result was the same and I am happy for him and the team to take two second places away from what has been a very difficult weekend. I'm disappointed for Karl again as his weekend has been even harder. We'll have to try and find out what caused his crash but it's a shame that he wasn't able to bring his bike home for some valuable and well-deserved points. We'll regroup and study all the data to make sure that we're fighting for more podium positions at Monza."
Chris Vermeulen - second:
"That was just as hard as it was in race one but at least I was able to stay relatively close to Troy (Corser). He's riding so well but I think we're moving in the right direction every time we go out and hopefully, by the time we get to Monza, we will have closed the gap even more. Chris (Walker) showed what a good rider he is but when I saw a yellow bike behind me I assumed it would be Kagayama. Chris put me under a lot of pressure so it was important not to make a mistake. The Honda is pretty fast so I knew I was OK down the straights. I just had to brake as heavy as I dared into the corners. The track was pretty slippery and it was very hard to turn on the brakes, especially in the early part of the lap. But I'm happy to be on the podium again and to have collected a good load of points."
Karl Muggeridge - DNF
"What can I say? It's been a very tough weekend - not just for me but for the team as well. Once again we seem to be making some steps forward as we get through practice and qualifying but it's not quite enough to get a good set-up for racing. I was feeling pretty comfortable in that race, though, not pushing too hard and trying to conserve the tyres for the end of the race. I just lost the front and tried to save it but my foot was stuck under the bike and that was it."
Next round: 8 May - Monza, Italy