Vermeulen takes pole in front of Foret. Van Zon Honda TKR rider Chris Vermeulen snatched pole away from Fabien Foret late in today's qualifying session. The Van Zon Honda TKR is a Ten Kate Honda satellite team, with the bikes prepared by Ten...
Vermeulen takes pole in front of Foret.
Van Zon Honda TKR rider Chris Vermeulen snatched pole away from Fabien Foret late in today's qualifying session.
The Van Zon Honda TKR is a Ten Kate Honda satellite team, with the bikes prepared by Ten Kate Racing. So no surprise then that Team Manager Ronald ten Kate was happy to have given pole away to Vermeulen, "If we have to give up the pole to anyone I am definitely happy that we give it to Chris Vermeulen," he said. "I am happy for him, to see Vermeulen's performance going up. I am happy for Fabien, being in second spot, a front row start is important here. But we've seen a lot of crazy races around here and if it is dry we will see the same again. With Iain I am a little puzzled as to why he is still struggling, although he didn't get a really good draft down the straight and when on his fast lap he ran in to some traffic. It's going to be one of those famous races with first corner mayhem ? maybe Chris and Fabien are in the right place! I hope we can use the speed of the bikes in the race, and maybe Chris and Foret can make a little escape in the front."
"It's good for Chris Vermeulen," said Fabien Foret, "I am very happy for him. But I am very tired after my crash yesterday. I tried to do my best but I didn't push so much because I wasn't feeling so good, I need to sleep! But it was easy to go fast because the Honda CBR600FS is so good and the Pirelli tyres are excellent as always. I like to be on pole, especially here but I am on the front row, so I am confident for tomorrow. I am hoping for good weather, it is better for everybody if it is dry. But we will see."
MacPherson will have his work cut out in the race, "It didn't quite come together for me," said Ian, "maybe I'm trying to hard. I'm losing a bit of time on the brakes and having trouble getting it set up for the chicanes. But I was on the third row last year and yet I finished 0.8 seconds off the winner so anything's possible."
Final Qualifying times:
1, C.Vermeulen, AUS, Van Zon Honda TKR, 1'53.127
2, F.Foret, FRA, Ten Kate Honda, 1'53.457
3, K.Fujiwara, JPN, Suzuki, 1'53.622
4, S.Chambon, FRA, Suzuki, 1'53.661
5, A.Corradi, ITA, Yamaha, 1'53.756
6, P.Casoli, ITA, Yamaha, 1'53.845
7, P.Bontempi, ITA, Ducati, 1'54.055
8, K.Muggeridge, AUS, Honda, 1'54.222
9, J.Whitam, GBR, Yamaha, 1'54.260
10, C.Cogan, FRA, Honda, 1'54.325
15, I MacPherson, GBR, Ten Kate Honda, 1'54.806