Vermeulen wins again Chris Vermeulen made it three wins from just five races to go a staggering 38 points clear at the head of the World Supersport championship. The young Australian took the holeshot on his CBR600RR and never looked back. He...
Vermeulen wins again
Chris Vermeulen made it three wins from just five races to go a staggering 38 points clear at the head of the World Supersport championship.
The young Australian took the holeshot on his CBR600RR and never looked back. He kept the pressure on hard, leaving the rest of the pack struggling in his wake.
"I really didn't expect to get away again like that," explained Vermeulen after the race. "I expected the pack to be right with me here, especially as I am still struggling with my thumb injury."
Vermeulen's thumb, damaged in a crash at Monza, caused him more trouble at this twisting and technical track than it did at Monza.
"It's much more physical here," he said, "but the Honda CBR600RR was awesome, as usual, and the guys at Pirelli and WP Suspension came up with a brilliant package, once again."
Vermeulen's team mate, Karl Muggeridge, started from pole after dominating qualifying, just as he did at Monza. But a poor start left him with plenty of work to do to catch the lead pack. Muggeridge made up the ground, and got up into third before pushing a little too hard and loosing the front end. He remounted to take a single championship point in 15th.
"Karl isn't having much luck at the moment," observed team manager Ronald ten Kate. "But he is riding really well and we are confident that when his luck returns, he'll be right back up there.
"As for Chris, what can I say except -- amazing! But he couldn't have done it without the brilliant package of the Honda CBR600RR and Pirelli tyres and WP Suspension. OK, I know you'll think I am just saying this, it's obligatory to praise your sponsors and partners, but I honestly mean it, they really are working wonders for us."
World Supersport Championship
Round Five, Oschersleben, Germany
30-31 May -- 1 June 2003
1. C. Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda 42'51.384
2. S. Chambon, FRA, Suzuki, +1.775s
3. K. Fujiwara, JAP, Suzuki, +2.085s
4. J. VD Goorbergh, NED, Yamaha, +3.936s
5. B. Parkes, AUS, Honda, +8.438s
6. P. Riba, ESP, Kawasaki, +8.989s
7. J. Teuchert, GER, Yamaha, +14.973s
8. C. Kellner, GER, Yamaha, +20.274s
9. S. Charpentier, FRA, Honda, +24.001s
10. G. Nannelli, ITA, Honda, Yamaha, +29.143s
15. K Muggeridge, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, +47.448