VERMEULEN FOLLOWS UP WITH SECOND AT EUROSPEEDWAY Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen finished second in this afternoon's second tenth round World Superbike championship race at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany. Following his win in the first...
VERMEULEN FOLLOWS UP WITH SECOND AT EUROSPEEDWAY
Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen finished second in this afternoon's second tenth round World Superbike championship race at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany. Following his win in the first of today's two races at the 4.3km circuit, the Australian has closed further the points gap to series leader Troy Corser, who crashed out of the lead on the second lap of race two but remounted to take three points at the flag.
Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, overcame a first race crash to finish fifth in the 24-lap race, which was won by Italy's Lorenzo Lanzi - a replacement for injured rider Regis Laconi. Noriyuki Haga from Japan was third.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"The most important thing this weekend was to take points from Troy (Corser) and Chris's two results today have done that - along with a little help from Troy himself. The difference is now 60 points and we have reduced Troy's lead by 50 points in the last two weekends. We're in a comfortable position but realise that it's not over yet. We know from past seasons that a big points lead can be overturned, so we'll just keep on doing what we've been doing and try to postpone the championship party until the last round at Magny-Cours. Apart from Chris's performances today, Karl had one of his best rides of the season, so compliments to him as well. He's really getting to grips with the bike now and it would be great if he could help in the last two rounds by allowing Chris to take some more points from Troy."
Chris Vermeulen - second
"That was another really tough race and I certainly didn't make it easy for myself. I got away OK when the lights changes but bogged it down a bit. I pulled the clutch back in but then wheelied away and ended up about eighth. It was a big job passing because everyone is so fast, especially Nori (Haga), and it's difficult enough to pass here anyway. By the time I got to chase Lanzi down, he had a big lead and my tyres were pretty shot. I thought I might catch him towards the end but he's ridden well all weekend so congratulations to him. I may have taken 50 points off Troy in the last two rounds but, to win the title, I have to take another 60 in the last two. It's really Troy's championship to lose more than anything, so I'll just keep concentrating on race wins and leave it to him."
Karl Muggeridge - fifth
"It was definitely better in race two, although it got a bit rough with Toseland at one point. My rear tyre was smoking towards the end but the bike was really OK, apart from one or two small problems. It's a shame that race one ended in a crash because I would've learned a lot to take into the second race."