Laguna Seca: Ten Kate Honda race two report

Vermeulen Takes Dream Double Win For Ten Kate Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) underlined his serious title challenge by taking a superb pair of World Superbike race wins at the tough and overheated Laguna Seca racing circuit in ...

Vermeulen Takes Dream Double Win For Ten Kate

Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) underlined his serious title challenge by taking a superb pair of World Superbike race wins at the tough and overheated Laguna Seca racing circuit in California. It was his, the Ten Kate Team and the CBR1000RR machine's first ever experience of Laguna in race conditions, and the package proved more than up to the challenge posed by the track and the competing teams.

The 22-year-old Aussie rider, the current World Supersport Champion with his Ten Kate Team, won the first race in some style, outpacing second place finisher Pierfrancesco Chili by over four seconds. Steve Martin (Ducati) finished third, and with the championship's leading duo James Toseland and Regis Laconi only fourth and fifth, and Noriyuki Haga sixth on his Ducati, Vermeulen made a strong charge in the points table. His charge was to continue.

Vermeulen had a harder fight in the second race, running a faster average lap time but still having the close attentions of James Toseland (Ducati) to deal with throughout. Chris won by 0.465 seconds, with Regis Laconi (Ducati) in third.

Said Vermeulen, after his race one triumph, "I had a bit of a gap but it was quite hard work to get it. The bike is better and better, as everyone can see. This is the first time at Laguna for me the bike and team and we won the race. I think there is still a lot more to come as well so hopefully we can win a lot more."

After his second race win in four hours he stated, "Coming here for the first time I would have been happy with top five or six to be honest. The team worked hard and we have made a lot of progress with the bike recently. Everyone told me this track would be difficult to learn, and it has proved to be that way, but I really liked it and the team did a great job with the bike. I like the elevation changes here but Turn One was a bit scary at first. I got over it because I passed James Toseland a couple of times there!"

Team Manager Roland Ten Kate stated. "We never dreamed that we would come to Laguna for the first time and win both races. We knew that we could do quite well because the bike is improving all the time but to take two wins shows the hard work we put in and the great performances from Chris. Our position in the championship is now much improved and we will be working to improve it even more at Brands Hatch."

-www.tenkateracing.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , Steve Martin , James Toseland , Chris Vermeulen , Laconi Régis