VERMEULEN DOUBLE PAINTS ASSEN BLUE Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen achieved his second World Superbike double by winning the second race in this afternoon's ninth round at Assen in Holland. The Australian enjoyed a fierce on-track...
VERMEULEN DOUBLE PAINTS ASSEN BLUE
Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen achieved his second World Superbike double by winning the second race in this afternoon's ninth round at Assen in Holland. The Australian enjoyed a fierce on-track battle with Japan's Noriyuki Haga, who finished second in the 16-lap race ahead of British rider James Toseland. Vermeulen's team-mate Karl Muggeridge finished in eighth place.
Starting from pole position, Vermeulen found himself in seventh place at the start of the race but fought his way past the leading riders to take the lead on lap eight. Haga had other ideas, however, and grabbed the lead back from Vermeulen with three laps to go but had to settle for second place after a bold passing manoeuvre from the Winston rider on the penultimate lap.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"The blue colours of our sponsor, Winston, and the WinWin logo were especially accurate today and Chris's double is the icing on the cake of our World Supersport championship win here at Assen. But I think the real winners here today were the crowd who enjoyed some really spectacular racing. Haga was all over Chris at times in that race but Chris managed to find something extra at the end for our first double of the season. It's a pity for Karl who had some more problems in race two but we enjoyed a good test at Lausitzring recently so I hope we can find something for him there. It's a bit of a dream to have a day like this at our home round but we have to concentrate on Lausitzring next weekend. The championship is still a possibility for Chris and, after a couple of beers tonight, we'll be back at work tomorrow.
Chris Vermeulen - winner
"Yeah, that feels pretty good. I'm really happy for the whole team who worked so hard this weekend and wrapped up the World Supersport championship here today. It's fantastic to do my first double of the year in front of the Dutch crowd and all the team's guests. That second race was much harder than the first though - I didn't help myself at the start by nearly running off the track at turn one but I couldn't fault the bike today because it just felt great. Nori (Haga) rode a fantastic race this afternoon and it's always great fun battling with him - always really close but we never touch. I managed to close the gap a little on Troy (Corser) today but he's still a long way ahead, so I need two more wins next weekend."
Karl Muggeridge - eighth
"I felt pretty good for race two and the bike was working well but just lost rear grip from the first lap. I really don't understand it and it's pretty frustrating because it's been getting better all through the weekend and the team deserved some better results today. With the rear gone, it was really only the front tyre that was keeping me in there. I'm happy for Chris but need some solid results myself at Lausitzring next weekend."
Next round: 11 September - Lausitzring, Germany