Brands Hatch: Ten Kate Honda race 1. 2 report

Vermeulen Goes Second In Championship Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) ran out with a podium finish in race two at Brands Hatch and in taking the 16 points for his third place finish he went second in the table, a mere two points from...

Vermeulen Goes Second In Championship

Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) ran out with a podium finish in race two at Brands Hatch and in taking the 16 points for his third place finish he went second in the table, a mere two points from the leader Regis Laconi (Ducati).

In race one Vermeulen was fully in contention for large parts of the race, slipping back at the very end to finish a mere four seconds off the winner Noriyuki Haga (Ducati), and just behind Laconi and pole position qualifier Steve Martin (Ducati).

Chris was in another wonderfully entertaining race in the second 25-lapper, even if it was stopped after only three laps due to a crash for Italian privateer Giancarlo De Matteis. In the restart Vermeulen secured third place, in an ultimately lonely race.

Said Vermeulen, after a tough weekend with a positive ending, "After all the problems we had in practice and qualifying this weekend we've come away very well with a fourth and the third. I know now that the championship is pretty open. We came here with a new bike we were to develop for a year and I planned to be world champion in 2005. But if it comes along this year then I'll take it."

Team Manager Roland Ten Kate stated. "Not the most easy weekend but we got away pretty well from here and moved up in the championship standings. We are only two points away now. Obviously we are happy with that and we know that all the upcoming tracks will suit our bike very well. I think the pressure is not on us now."

Muggeridge Wins Four Races in Seven Attempts

Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) secured his fourth race win of the year to further extend his World Championship lead to an impressive 24 points, after a two-part aggregate race held in high temperatures. Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda) missed out on his fourth podium place of the year by an impossibly small five thousandths of a second after the final race results were calculated. He eventually finished fourth, behind Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) and Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha).

The race was stopped after nine laps when Fabien Foret crashed on the exit of Graham Hill Bend and got tangled up with first Curtain and then Parkes, with Parkes staying on and Curtain falling. Foret has fractured his right femur and left ankle.

Muggeridge's successful last lap attack on race leader Charpentier, who finish the first part just ahead, was an outstanding piece of aggressive racecraft, as Muggeridge refused to settle for second place.

Muggeridge, on his way to the podium ceremony stated, "I didn't think I was going to win that race. I was sort of struggling through the first leg and I just couldn't quite get by Sebastien. It was the same in race two but I realised that I had to give it a go if I had the opportunity. I just hung it out there on the last lap and it paid off. I wasn't quite sure if I had won because of the aggregate time and I only realised I had when I came into pitlane and my team guys were standing at the number one spot under the podium!"

Parkes had more on his mind than motorcycle racing after the race-halting crash. "Fabien crashed and Kevin was right in front of me. Kevin unavoidably ran into Fabien and then there were bikes and so on everywhere and maybe I also ran into Fabien. They tell me I maybe went over his foot. I don't like this racetrack much so I'm happy to finish the race. I'm gutted big time to miss out on the podium finish. I also missed out on the fastest lap by about the same small margin of time. After all that, I'm happy going into the last few tracks now as they are all ones I like."

Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate was once more impressed by the talent of his riders and team, "I am particularly happy to win here at Brands Hatch, especially as we were competitive all weekend. I am particularly pleased with the way Karl raced on the last lap, very aggressive to want to win the race and not settle for second. I like to see this in my riders. It was too bad for Broc who rode well and only missed out on a podium by something like five thousa ndths of a second. Karl's championship position has been increased greatly by this result and in the manufacturers' championship Honda is only one point from the lead now."

- www.tenkateracing.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Jurgen van den Goorbergh , Noriyuki Haga , Broc Parkes , Steve Martin , Fabien Foret , Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge , Sébastien Charpentier , Graham Hill , Laconi Régis