FOURTH AND FIFTH FOR WINSTON MEN AT BRNO Chris Vermeulen will start tomorrow's seventh round World Superbike championship races at Brno in the Czech Republic from the front row of the grid after setting the fourth fastest time in this...
FOURTH AND FIFTH FOR WINSTON MEN AT BRNO
Chris Vermeulen will start tomorrow's seventh round World Superbike championship races at Brno in the Czech Republic from the front row of the grid after setting the fourth fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole event.
Troy Corser took pole position after Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge set the fifth fastest time to start from the head of row two for tomorrow's two 20-lap races around the fast and undulating 5.4km Czech circuit.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"I'm actually quite happy with the results of today's qualifying and Superpole sessions after all the hard work we've put in during the weekend so far. With neither rider having been here and other top teams having tested already, we've been playing the catch-up game for the first two days. To be honest, I think Karl deserved a front row start and was very close to getting one. We still have some work to do tonight because the lap times and data that we've gathered today will for sure help us to improve the bikes a little bit more in the warm-up tomorrow morning so that we can be even more competitive in the races."
Chris Vermeulen - fourth fastest, 2m03.247s
"We've continued to make improvements all day today. We're still facing the same problems as yesterday - running a little wide in places and lacking grip in others - but we managed to make the problems a little smaller. I like the circuit more each time I go out and, although it's bumpy in a lot of places, we're getting faster in each session. The hotter conditions that we had this afternoon aren't ideal for the CBR but we'll have to see what the weather does tomorrow. If it's like it is today, it's going to be pretty hard work and there are a lot of fast riders out there. I'll just have to try and stick the bike on the podium again."
Karl Muggeridge - fifth fastest, 2m03.252s
"I wanted to be top five when we came here but I would definitely have preferred a front row start. The times are all pretty tight but two tiny mistakes on my Superpole lap cost me that front row. But I still did my quickest time of the weekend so the bike's definitely getting better and better each time we go out. As ever, there's still some more work to do and there'll be one or two different things to try in the morning; but I like the circuit and I'll just be looking for two really solid results tomorrow and get up there as high as I can."