VERMEULEN WINS AGAIN IN GERMANY Chris Vermeulen won his fourth race of the season in this afternoon's opening tenth round World Superbike championship outing in Germany this afternoon. Adding to his double win at Assen last weekend, the Winston...
VERMEULEN WINS AGAIN IN GERMANY
Chris Vermeulen won his fourth race of the season in this afternoon's opening tenth round World Superbike championship outing in Germany this afternoon. Adding to his double win at Assen last weekend, the Winston Ten Kate Honda rider beat Noryuki Haga into second place at the Eurospeedway Lausitz, with series leader Troy Corser third, after the scheduled 24- lapper was red flagged after 20 laps because of rain.
Taking the lead from Corser on lap two, Vermeulen was only headed for two laps by Lorenzo Lanzi, who was given a ride-through penalty for cutting the 4.3km circuit. Vermeulen now trails Corser by 77 points with five races remaining. His Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, crashed unhurt at the beginning of lap three whilst running in a strong seventh place.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That was another good ride from Chris to make it three wins in a row. He's doing the only thing he can do to keep the championship alive - that's winning races and taking points off Troy (Corser). It was only nine points this time so we'll be hoping for even more in race two. It was a shame for Karl this afternoon, who had been building up all weekend for a strong race. Unfortunately, his race ended with a block pass from another rider and there was nowhere for him to go. I'm sure he'll realise his true potential in the second outing."
Chris Vermeulen - winner
"Another win and all I can do is try to keep it going. It was a pretty tough race and the last three or four laps were particularly hard when the rain started to fall. It's difficult being in front and not really knowing how hard to push. I was pointing up at the sky for a couple of laps before they stopped it but they did the right thing because it was getting really slippery out there. The track was a lot colder than it has been for the rest of the weekend and we had a wet warm-up this morning so we had some difficult choices this afternoon. The bike is working well but it wasn't so great towards the end there when the rain started!"
Karl Muggeridge - DNF
"Not a very nice situation to be in, really. I got baulked going into the first turn and ended up about tenth. Then, going into lap three, someone pretty much stopped in the middle of the corner and that was it. I'm pretty disappointed because I felt comfortable and had no worries at all with the bike. I'll just have to hope for better luck in race two."