VERMEULEN GOES ONE BETTER IN SECOND BRANDS HATCH THRILLER In the second of this afternoon's two eighth round World Superbike championship races at Brands Hatch, GB, Chris Vermeulen added a third place to his fourth from race one. The race was...
VERMEULEN GOES ONE BETTER IN SECOND BRANDS HATCH THRILLER
In the second of this afternoon's two eighth round World Superbike championship races at Brands Hatch, GB, Chris Vermeulen added a third place to his fourth from race one. The race was won by Japan's Noriyuki Haga after a thrilling battle with series leader, Troy Corser, who finished second.
In front of a typically large Brands Hatch crowd who watched five different manufacturers fill the first five positions, Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, crashed out of third place on the second of 25 laps around the 4.2km Kent circuit, breaking a small bone in his right hand.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That's bad luck again for Karl who was doing well from second place on the grid and feeling good on the bike. I think that a podium was possible for him today and it would certainly have been deserved. Chris's race seemed to be a copy of race one because it was lost in the first five or six laps. As soon as he got past the slower riders, he was lapping at the same speed as Haga and Corser. But it's good to have another podium and I think we have improved the CBR1000RR some more this weekend. We're looking forward to our home race at Assen in three weeks, where we'll be looking for some more success."
Chris Vermeulen - third
"I just got another bad start again and it's so hard to pass the guys I was with because they're all so fast round here. I was a little faster than them but by the time I eventually got past, the first two guys were just gone and, although I could match their lap times, I just couldn't catch them. I slowed up a little towards the end because there was no point crashing out. We changed the rear spring for race two and the bike definitely felt a little better and it's good to be on the podium again. At least I've been able to open the gap a little on Laconi in the championship and we'll head for the team's home round in Assen looking for something even better."
Karl Muggeridge - DNF
"I'm pretty upset with myself to be honest. Haga had just passed me on the inside at turn three and I was trying to square off the corner and get him back at the next one. I just gave it too much and the bike let go and spat me off. I think I tried to hold onto it a little too long because I've cracked a little bone in my hand. It's nothing too serious and should heal pretty well in a couple of weeks. It's such a shame because the changes we made to the bike after race one were spot on and it felt really sweet. I reckon I could have been on for a good result but I'll just have to try for that again at Assen."
Next round: Assen, Holland - 4 September