TOSELAND REGAINS SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT CHANGEABLE ASSEN With heavy rain in race one and a drying track in race two Assen presented two different challenges to the Winston Ten Kate Honda team and despite some bad luck James Toseland...
TOSELAND REGAINS SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT CHANGEABLE ASSEN
With heavy rain in race one and a drying track in race two Assen presented two different challenges to the Winston Ten Kate Honda team and despite some bad luck James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) left his team's home race second in the championship standings. Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) was once more a challenger for a podium place, but misfortune also left him down the order.
In a fully wet race one Toseland slipped back from a top five place when he ran into the gravel and restarted to finish tenth, one place behind Muggeridge, who had to re-start after falling on lap 12, when sitting in fourth position.
In race two Toseland was taken out at the first corner, but restarted to score an eventual ninth, and overtake double non-finisher Noriyuki Haga in the standings in overall second. Muggeridge found his rear traction dropping off in dramatic fashion in race two, as he went from fourth to 13th. The races were won by Chris Walker (in the wet opener) and Championship leader, Troy Bayliss.
Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager
"A fantastic comeback after the start James had in race two. He could have just laid the bike down and walked away, but he would never have made second place in the series if he had. Karl had no luck today and we will have to see what happened in the second race. A very strange weekend for us in Superbike but with James back into second place in the championship we have left our home race better than some. The weather on raceday played a big part in everything, but we know that Assen can be like this."
James Toseland -- SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(Race 1: 10th -- Race 2: 9th -- Championship Position: 2nd with 232 points)
"In race two I had a decent start and got into the first corner OK, until I saw a Corona Suzuki on top of me. I understand he might have clipped Haga, so it may not be all Corser's fault, but I went down and then climbed back on the bike. I still had my brakes working, but no fairing. But I got points and fought to the finish, and that gave me second place in the championship back. I did what I always do, and I never give up. If I had stopped and quit I would still be third. In race one we set off well, but my front locked on the first corner and I had to go straight. Unfortunately it took me a little bit of time to come back on track, then I had a very bad feeling with the front tyre. If there were no problems and the track was dry we would have had two podiums for sure."
Karl Muggeridge -- SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(Race 1: 9th -- Race 2: 13th -- Championship Position: 15th with 76 points)
"My rear tyre just tore up after five laps in race two, and I went from doing low twos to fives in one lap. Couldn't do anything with that rear. I made a small mistake in race one and missed out on the podium really."