Monza: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE IN MONZA Karl Muggeridge set the third fastest time in today's opening qualifying session for round four of the 2005 World Superbike championship at Monza in Italy. In warm sunshine, the Australian lapped the...

PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE IN MONZA

Karl Muggeridge set the third fastest time in today's opening qualifying session for round four of the 2005 World Superbike championship at Monza in Italy. In warm sunshine, the Australian lapped the 5.8km circuit near Milan in a best time of 1m48.203s, just three tenths off provisional pole man, Troy Corser.

Muggeridge's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate Chris Vermeulen was sixth fastest in today's qualifying session as he bids to improve on the two second place finishes he scored at the last round in Valencia, Spain. Both Australian riders, spent today testing two contrasting set-ups on their CBR1000RRs as the race development of Honda's flagship sports bike continues.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That was another good qualifying performance from Karl who seems to improve every time he goes out. If not for his recent bad luck in the races, I'm sure he would be much higher up the points table. His best time today was on a soft race tyre as he couldn't make full use of a qualifier he put in towards the end of the session. Chris had a small electrical problem on his number one bike, which we managed to fix during the session, but he lost a bit of time. I think we have moved forward from the improved position we found at Valencia so I'm hoping that we can carry this forward for the rest of the weekend."

Karl Muggeridge - third fastest, 1m48.203s:
"I'm so much happier with the bike here and the latest evolution of the chassis. Monza is always a bit of a compromise between the faster and slower corners because what works well in one part of the track may not be so good in others. But I think we found a direction this morning that will hopefully take us forward. The bike is much more user-friendly and we're not suffering from the problems that have hindered our progress in the first few rounds. I'm pretty happy and looking forward to moving it forward some more tomorrow."

Chris Vermeulen - sixth fastest, 1m48.849s:
"We started today with two very different bikes - one based heavily on the Valencia set-up and the other with different geometry and chassis settings. It made this afternoon a little difficult because I was doing two or three laps on one and then two or three on the other. But I think we've got the information we were looking for so we'll look at all the data tonight and confirm which direction we go in tomorrow. I also had that little electrical problem which developed this morning but that was sorted pretty quickly. We also tried different brake pads here so we're learning a lot. I was expecting top five today and we're not far off, so I'll sleep tonight and come back stronger tomorrow."

-tkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge