DOUBLE PODIUM FOR FLYING VERMEULEN Chris Vermeulen took another second place finish in the second of today's two World Superbike championship sixth round races at Misano in Italy. With temperatures once again reaching the mid-thirties, the...
DOUBLE PODIUM FOR FLYING VERMEULEN
Chris Vermeulen took another second place finish in the second of today's two World Superbike championship sixth round races at Misano in Italy. With temperatures once again reaching the mid-thirties, the Winston Ten Kate Honda rider finished behind today's double winner, Regis Laconi, with series leader Troy Corser taking another third place. Vermeulen's fellow Australian and team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, again started well, but a debilitating stomach ailment dropped him to seventh place at the flag.
Another good start saw Vermeulen lead the early stages of the race but falling grip levels did not allow him to maintain his advantage. After the interview commitments following race two, Vermeulen took a helicopter to Bologna airport with team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara. The Winston duo is flying to Japan this evening for an HRC test at Suzuka starting on Tuesday morning.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"I think that, with the new components we have and the changed set-up to the bike, we can say that the hunting season is open for the second half of the championship. Chris rode very well today and, although he has only taken eight points out of Corser's lead, the hot conditions made it very hard for everyone. Karl went on a drip between the two races to replace lost fluid but his illness would explain his lap times falling and the drop from his qualifying performance. We're now looking forward to Brno and then a test straight afterwards at Lausitzring which should allow us to find that missing element for the second half of the season."
Chris Vermeulen - second
"I was a little closer to Regis (Laconi) that time but the important thing was that I finished ahead of Troy in both races. Regis was really strong today and, although I was OK through the faster parts of the circuit, where I could pick up a tenth or two, I had very little grip in the tighter sections. I nearly lost it in the last chicane on virtually every lap. It was hard work in the heat and doubly hard having to compensate for no grip and the last five laps were really tough. We've still got a few things to work on on the bike but I'm looking forward to Brno now. I've never been there before but I'd never been to Laguna Seca before last season and managed to do the double there. I'd love to do the same again."
Karl Muggeridge - seventh
"I really think that without Clinica Mobile I wouldn't have been able to do the second race today. They dosed me up with some fluids after race one, when I was just riding around really. I didn't feel too bad at the start of race two but about six laps from the end I was getting a little queasy again. It's a real shame because I was so much happier on the bike this weekend. We've still got some work to do here and there, and I guess there'll always be something we feel we can improve. But I felt we'd made a big step forward here and it's a shame I wasn't able to capitalise on it. I'll get over this bug and move on to Brno, where I hope we can turn the progress into some good results."