San Marino: Ten Kate Honda Saturday report

BOTH WINSTON MEN ON MISANO FRONT ROW Winston Ten Kate Honda riders, Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge, will start from second and fourth places respectively for tomorrow's two World Superbike championship sixth round races at Misano in ...

BOTH WINSTON MEN ON MISANO FRONT ROW

Winston Ten Kate Honda riders, Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge, will start from second and fourth places respectively for tomorrow's two World Superbike championship sixth round races at Misano in Italy.

With track temperatures once again approaching 50 degrees, Vermeulen set the second fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole session, just behind championship leader Troy Corser. Muggeridge's performance marks his second Superbike front row start since moving up from World Supersport last year.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"I'm really happy with the results of today's Superpole and it's very gratifying to have both our riders on the front row. Their performances are a good reflection of all the hard work that the team has put in - not just this weekend but since we left Silverstone. We are still making small changes, even right up to the beginning of Superpole, and we'll make some more small adjustments for tomorrow morning's warm-up. We've been making steady progress all weekend and it's all been in the right direction. Now we must concentrate on getting the results in tomorrow's two races."

Chris Vermeulen - second fastest, 1m35.685s:

"Yeah, everything's pretty good and I was happy with my Superpole lap. It's good when Superpole works but not so great when it doesn't. But we've been going the right way all weekend, starting with the changes we made at the rear of the bike after our test at Magny-Cours and the team has been working really hard. Our main concern has been trying to find a combination of tyres that will last for 25 laps in this heat - it's going to be hard on the tyres and hard on us. The only down-side with today is that I got beaten by Troy (Corser) again but we'll be aiming to return the compliment twice tomorrow!"

Karl Muggeridge - fourth fastest, 1m35.866s:

"I just tried to be really smooth on my Superpole lap and not make any mistakes, and in the end it was pretty good. We made that small change to the rear shock overnight and as soon as we tried it this morning, we knew it was right. From then on, we've just been making constant little changes and doing a little more work on the front of the bike. We even made a small adjustment just before the Superpole lap and then I put in my quickest time of the weekend. I think we've pretty much decided on tyres and the race set- up is good, so I'm looking forward to putting it all together in the races tomorrow."

-wtkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge