Monza: Van Zon Honda TKR Supersport race report

Brilliant second place for young Vermeulen. The Van Zon Honda TKR team watched their young prodigy Chris Vermeulen started from pole position and took a brilliant second place at Monza. Vermeulen locked horns with the fiery Frenchman Fabien ...

Brilliant second place for young Vermeulen.

The Van Zon Honda TKR team watched their young prodigy Chris Vermeulen started from pole position and took a brilliant second place at Monza.

Vermeulen locked horns with the fiery Frenchman Fabien Foret in a battle that showed that he has what it takes to take on the best in the World Supersport championship.

The pair used the superior speed of their Ten Kate prepared Honda CBR600FS machines to shake off the rest of the pack as the all-action race drew to a thrilling finale. Chris looked to have the race in the bag when he passed Foret in the closing stages, but a small mistake entering the final turn allowed Foret to sneak back past for a win.

"That was a great race out there, I loved it!" enthused the young Australian, who is still only 19 years of age and the youngest rider ever to take pole in World Supersport history. "Some guys were a bit out of control at the start, but I tried to stay smooth and bide my time. When Fabien broke away I had to go with him and I slowly reeled him

"I thought I had him going down the back straight but when I braked the front tucked a bit. I had to pick it up and I ran a little bit wide and he was just straight in there."

"The Pirelli tyres had done 16 laps but they still worked awesome on the last lap. The bike's really fast - the Ten Kate guys have done a really good job preparing the Honda CBR600FS and the WP Suspension was spot on as usual.

Vermeulen team mate Werner Daemen looked really strong early in the weekend but an unfortunate crash in qualifying resulted in a dislocated shoulder. Brave Daemen decided to race through the pain and was rewarded with tenth place and some championship points. A brilliant result considering just how battered Werner's body was!

"The pain was intense, especially in the last three laps," said Werner, who will have surgery when he arrives home in Belgium. "I don't want to have to go through an experience like that again!"

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Fabien Foret , Werner Daemen , Chris Vermeulen