Vermeulen Third After Superpole Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) continued the upward trend of rookie rider, team and bike in the World Superbike Championship, securing third best Superpole time on his very first visit to the American...
Vermeulen Third After Superpole
Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) continued the upward trend of rookie rider, team and bike in the World Superbike Championship, securing third best Superpole time on his very first visit to the American venue.
In finishing third he not only beat his regulation qualifying best, after setting a single flying lap of 1:26.987, but also replicated his earlier third best qualifying position. His Superpole time was only 0.075 seconds slower than eventual pole position rider Steve Martin (Ducati) and 0.043 off second best rider James Toseland (Ducati).
Vermeulen, enjoying the Californian sunshine and the abilities of his ever improving machine, stated. "We made a big leap forward at Silverstone and we've carried on the progress here. I had never seen this circuit before and my team has never been here. We've gone quite well all weekend so to be on the front row of the grid? I think we're all happy. We'll just have to see how the race turns out. I'm still learning the track and I overshot the Corkscrew twice, one of the other blind corners as well, but I enjoy the place and I'm having fun."
Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate said, "Really we have to be pleased with the speed of our progress, especially at a circuit we have only ever seen on TV before. I think it says a lot about Chris, the technical guys in our team and the Honda CBR1000RR. We have worked hard this weekend as usual and we have already seen some results of that. We are looking forward to the race and getting the best results possible."
World Superbike Championship
Round 7 - LAGUNA SECA, USA
9 - 11 July 2004
<pre> 1. S. Martin AUS Ducati 999 RS 1'26.912 2. J. Toseland GBR Ducati 999 F04 1'26.943 3. C. Vermeulen AUS Ten Kate Honda 1'26.987 4. P. Chili ITA Ducati 998 RS 1'27.200 5. T. Corser AUS Petronas FP1 1'27.441 6. R. Laconi FRA Ducati 999 F04 1'27.485 7. G. Mccoy AUS Ducati 999 RS 1,27.518 8. L. Haslam GBR Ducati 999 RS 1'27.597 9. I. Clementi ITA Kawasaki ZX 10 1'28.150 10. L. Pedercini ITA Ducati 998 RS 1'28.152