FRONT ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE IN MONZA Karl Muggeridge will start tomorrow's fourth round World Superbike championship race at Monza from the front row after heading the qualifying time sheets earlier today. His Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate ...
FRONT ROW FOR MUGGERIDGE IN MONZA
Karl Muggeridge will start tomorrow's fourth round World Superbike championship race at Monza from the front row after heading the qualifying time sheets earlier today. His Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate Chris Vermeulen heads row two, directly behind pole sitter Yukio Kagayama.
As the fastest rider heading into this afternoon's Superpole event, Muggeridge lost six tenths of a second going into the first chicane on his one flying lap but recovered enough to post the fourth fastest time. Vermeulen, meanwhile, was second fastest after this morning's second qualifying session but could only manage the fifth fastest Superpole lap.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That's Superpole, I'm afraid - sometimes you go up and other times you go down. After achieving a one-two in qualifying this morning, I have to admit that I was hoping for a little more. However, the races are tomorrow and that's what counts. Both riders have made race simulations today and covered a full race distance on the tyres. We'll make some minor adjustments for tomorrow's warm-up but I don't think we'll have any problem with top speed tomorrow and we'll be able to run at the front. This season we haven't been as ready to race as we are for tomorrow so we're all looking forward to it."
Karl Muggeridge - fourth fastest, 1m48.054s:
"Oh, man - that's frustrating. It just all went wrong at the braking point at the end of the start finish straight and the first chicane was just horrible. I think I was about ninth after the first split - six tenths down - which shows how badly it was messed up. The rest of the lap went great and I managed to climb back to the front row. It's a shame because I've been comfy all weekend, since the first session on Friday morning. We've been moving the package forward in each session since then and that allowed me to be fastest going into Superpole. That's the nature of the event though. I'm real happy on my race tyre and confident of battling well at the front but, for sure, pole would have been great."
Chris Vermeulen - fifth fastest, 1m48.128s:
"It's a Superpole thing. Second fastest after qualifying and then you sit around for 40 minutes waiting for your turn. It was the same for me here last year - I was just so conscious of trying not to mess up the lap that I braked a little too early for the first chicane and that was it. Having said that, the bike is so much better here and it's been getting better all weekend. I'm happy with the race set-up we have and the tyres we're going to run with. I think we'll be up at the front tomorrow but it's going to be really tough."