Monza: Ten Kate Honda doubleheader race report

TOSELAND FIGHTS FOR A FIFTH AS MUGGERIDGE MAKES A STRONG COMEBACK James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) suffered a crash in the opening race, after fighting for a top five finish, and despite running low on fuel on the last lap he ...

TOSELAND FIGHTS FOR A FIFTH AS MUGGERIDGE MAKES A STRONG COMEBACK

James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) suffered a crash in the opening race, after fighting for a top five finish, and despite running low on fuel on the last lap he scored fifth in race two, to keep his third place in the overall championship chase. Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) made an assured comeback from his recent spinal injury to score a sixth and seventh, only losing out places as the final laps unfolded and his energy levels dipped.

In the first race Toseland saw an opportunity to make his race long high pace count after losing touch with the leaders in the first stages of the 18-laps. After a big wobble had disrupted his braking power, he fell after entering the Parabolica corner too quickly, when trying to make up ground and find the slipstream of the group in front. He ran off, lost the front on the grass and landed on his head and neck as he tumbled through the gravel. His team-mate Karl Muggeridge almost led the race at one point, but dropped back slowly to score a top six on his return from injury.

In the second 18-laps race Toseland, despite the discomfort of his sore neck, was battling for fourth with fellow Honda rider Alex Barros, but ran out of fuel and had to concede the points to his closest championship rival. Muggeridge had his second good race of the day, but had to give ground to his countryman Andrew Pitt, and did well to hold off Fonsi Nieto over the line, ending his second race seventh.

Toseland sits third overall, on 97 points (two ahead of Barros) with Muggeridge 15th, on 30.

Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager

"To be honest the weekend didn't really bring us what we were hoping for. We worked hard all the weekend to make the bike better and better. The crash for James in the first heat didn't help him, in terms of confidence for the second and his number one bike was destroyed, so we also had to move to his number two bike, which was just a little bit different. For Karl I am just glad that he brought in two solid results, good strong top tens. It shows he is recovering and the result is something we can build on for the future."

James Toseland -- SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(Race 1: DNF -- Race 2: 5th -- Championship Position: 3rd with 97 points)

"I'm not happy with the crash in race one, and not happy with the conclusion of the race in race two. We ran out of fuel and that allowed Barros to come by. Enough said about that. But we've got some work to do, to try and get the power down. This circuit was better for us for sure but we have a lot more work to do. But I am prepared, and the team is prepared, to do the work required. So we can only move onwards and upwards from here. It's not over yet and we will battle to the end. I've got confidence that we can improve."

Karl Muggeridge -- SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(Race 1: 6th -- Race 2: 7th -- Championship Position: 15th with 30 points)

"We had a pretty good weekend, all things considered. I'm just a bit disappointed that I am not a bit fitter and I had quite low energy. I had good speed, so that was a positive thing after being out for a while. We have a good break to Silverstone now, so I can work on myself. All in all, I'm satisfied with my comeback rides."

-wtkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Andrew Pitt , Alex Barros , James Toseland , Karl Muggeridge