Imola: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

Muggeridge and Parkes on Provisional Front Row Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) enjoyed their first day of action at Imola, taking provisional pole and third quickest times ...

Muggeridge and Parkes on Provisional Front Row

Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) enjoyed their first day of action at Imola, taking provisional pole and third quickest times respectively.

Muggeridge was close to breaking into the 1:52s mark, missing out by only 0.059 seconds with his last lap of the 45-minute session. Muggeridge, who could wrap up the championship at this race, was on the pace from the outset, despite the track taking some time to 'bed-in'.

Parkes, a first time Supersport rider at Imola, more used to running a Superbike around the 4.933km circuit and had to make some adjustments to get into the Supersport frame of mind. His successful adaptation was reflected by a strong 1:53.593 lap, good enough for third fastest on the timesheets.

Said Muggeridge of his opening gambit, "We're doing pretty good so far and everything with the bike is fine. There isn't as much grip as there should be or the lap time would be even better. We've just worked hard from the start to get to the maximum as quickly as we could. It's impossible to gear the bike for every corner here so we have to make compromises in the set up, to maintain the balance between the fast corners and the slower ones."

Parkes rated day one at Imola as one of the best opening sessions of the year so far, "I was happy with that session, we got a lot of things worked out and to be on the provisional front row is exactly where we need to be. I'm not used to riding a Supersport bike here, I never got the chance last year, so I had to change all my usual braking markers and so on. The bike is working well and there is still more to come."

Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate acknowledged that it was a very positive start to the weekend. "With both riders on the front row it was a very first day for us. Karl made his usual quick lap times from the start and was on the ball right away. There is still some work to do on the bike so I hope it will be dry tomorrow. The bikes have been fitted with the latest Arrow exhaust system and that has been working very well for us." <pre> WK Supersport Race 9 Imola, Italië/ Resultaten Eerste Kwalificatie 1. K. Muggeridge AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1'53.059 2. K. Curtain AUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.67 3. B. Parkes AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1'53.593 4. S. Charpentier FRA Honda CBR600RR 1'53.688 5. J. Vd. Goorbergh NED Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.011 6. K. Fujiwara JPN Suzuki GSX-R 600 1'54.358 7. L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 749 R 1'54.400 8. F. Foret Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.542 9. M. Fabrizio ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'54.822 10. M. Baiocco ITA Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.883 </pre> Vermeulen Third Fastest On Imola Superbike Debut

Reigning World Supersport Champion Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) is no stranger to the undulations and curves of the classic Imola circuit, but in the first season of his World Superbike career, adapting his 1000c machine to suit the circuit's contrasting nature could have proved difficult. Working hard to find a good set-up conjunction with his Ten Kate team Vermeulen found not only positive settings for race conditions, but also rode to the third fastest lap of the day with a 1:51.140.

Vermeulen affirmed that all the hard work was worth it after finishing inside the top three. "The bike felt good this morning and I was quite comfortable but the lap time was slow, just like everyone else. So we made some changes for the afternoon session but they didn't turn out the way we wanted them too. We didn't go backwards but we didn't go forwards. I changed a lot in the tyre choice and suspension and we made a big step forward. I put a qualifier on and went out but the rain started, just a couple of spits, so I opted to pull in and not use it. The bike felt good on the race tyre and now with the rain we will have to see how it turns out tomorrow."

Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate, was justifiably satisfied with his team's best efforts. "The team had to work really hard throughout the sessions, altering suspension settings, changing shocks and they were really flat out for and hour. Chris did really well, especially as we are always starting from a little behind. We didn't get to use the qualifying tyre but Chris did use the new 2005 version WP rear shock for the first time. It gives more feel and feedback for the rider, plus a wider range of adjustment, and seems to be working very well."

Final qualifying and Superpole take place on Saturday 25th September. <pre> WK Superbike Imola, Italie 24 - 26 September 2004, Eerste Kwalificatie 1. N. Haga JPN Ducati 999 RS 1'50.969 2. S. Martin AUS Ducati 999 RS 1'52.118 3. C. Vermeulen AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.140 4. G. Mccoy AUS Ducati 999 RS 1'51.147 5. M. Borciani ITA Ducati 999 RS 1'51.308 6. J. Toseland GBR Ducati 999 F04 1'51.325 7. R. Laconi FRA Ducati 999 F04 1'51.393 8. P. Chili ITA Ducati 998 RS 1'51.549 9. L. Pedercini ITA Ducati 998 RS 1'51.718 10. D.Romboni ITA Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.294

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Broc Parkes , Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge