WSBK Silverstone; Vermeulen second in first Qualifying The first year of full SBK competition for the combination of Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) and his 1000cc Fireblade has already delivered some notable highpoints, and the first...
WSBK Silverstone; Vermeulen second in first Qualifying
The first year of full SBK competition for the combination of Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) and his 1000cc Fireblade has already delivered some notable highpoints, and the first day at Silverstone proved to be no different.
Around the tough Silverstone full circuit the Honda lapped second fastest overall, with only the hybrid Ducati of Pierfrancesco Chili ahead. Vermeulen is 0.4 seconds down on Chili at present, with more to come from both rider and team.
Vermeulen stated, "Second place on day one is not bad, first time here on the big bike. We're not going that much faster than we did on my 600 last year. It feels quite comfortable to ride so far and we've made some changes since Oschersleben, to the front forks and rear shock. We just have to get those four tenths off Chili. We're going OK. There are some sidewinds and in my opinion it's harder to ride the big bike in high winds - because the front wheel is usually light and then you cannot turn. We did a test at Assen and that certainly bore that opinion out. It wasn't so bad today, not like Phillip Island was. We're still hoping that the wind dies down and the heat comes up for tomorrow."
Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate was pleased at such early pace from his Superbike charges, both human and metallic. "It's going quite well, from the very start we have been up front. Most of the time we have to come from back a bit in the first sessions. We didn't make full use of the qualifying tyre but tomorrow we want to go faster still and there is room for improvement. We are very happy to be up there already."
World Superbike Championship
Round Six- Silverstone, Great Britain
11 - 13 June 2004
First Qualifying Session
1. P. Chili, ITA, Ducati 999 RS, 1'55.043
2. C. Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR, 1'55.408
3. R. Laconi, FRA, Ducati 999 F04, 1'55.415
4. N. Haga, JPN, Ducati 999 RS, 1'55.522
5. G. Nannelli, ITA,Ducati 998 Rs, 1'55.932
6. M. Borciani, ITA, Ducati 999 RS, 1'55.977
7. J. Toseland, GBR, Ducati 999 F04,1'55.984
8. G. Mccoy, AUS, Ducati 999 RS, 1'55.987
9. L. Pedercini, ITA, Ducati 998 RS, 1'56.169
10. T. Corser, AUS, Petronas FP1, 1'56.279
WSS Silverstone; Muggeridge and Parkes up front in stiff breeze
The ever-impressive Ten Kate Supersport duo of Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) and his team-mate Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda) once more propelled themselves to the top positions in the first qualifying session, setting the quickest and third fastest times of the session respectively.
The session was not without a dose of drama for Muggeridge as a loose fuel line towards the end of the session almost stopped him from setting his fastest time of 1:56.715, His bike was returned to the pits and repaired in time to top the qualifying table thus far.
For Parkes, the late charge of Muggeridge and French rider Fabien Foret (Yamaha) restricted his progress to third on day one, setting a best time of 1:57.033. With one more 45-minute official qualifying session to go the existing qualifying record of 1:56.096, could well be under threat, especially if the stiff winds of day one abate somewhat.
Said Muggeridge of Silverstone day one; "When the fuel line popped off the sudden deceleration nearly put me through the windshield! I was on the throttle on the exit of Stowe and it suddenly just stopped. I thought it may have been the engine cut-out switch operating at the wrong time so I reset it and nothing happened. The other bike was OK but I still set my fastest time on my number one bike. We need to just make laps come a bit more comfortably."
Parkes knows that there is still room for improvement in his race package. "I'm definitely up there with the top guys. Karl and Fabien picked me off towards the end but it's pretty good to be up there. Tomorrow we need a bit more time to pick a race tyre because one is pretty hard and the other pretty soft. The sidewinds were strong all along the back straight, blowing us all over the place."
Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate explained that the session was not without some significant happenings. "It was quite a hectic session though, as Muggeridge's bike had a fuel line come loose, so we had to pick up the bike from the far end of the track. We got it back in time, after he had done some laps on his number two bike. It was good to see that he kept calm and set his fastest lap at the end. Both riders expect to shave off more time tomorrow, even though the top two riders are already into the 1:56s. The wind and cool track does not help the tyr es but it does help the engine power. It's like Assen, sometimes you think, 'it's too cool to set a good lap time' then the boys go out and put in really quick times."
World Supersport Championship
Round Six - Silverstone, Great Britain
11 - 13 June 2004
1. K. Muggeridge, AUS, Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR, 1'56.715
2. F. Foret, FRA, Yamaha YZF R6, 1'56.846
3. B. Parkes, AUS, Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR, 1'57.033
4. S. Charpentier, FRA, Honda CBR600RR, 1'57.339
5. A. Corradi, ITA, Honda CBR600RR, 1'58.076
6. K. Curtain, AUS, Yamaha YZF R6, 1'58.082
7. L. Lanzi, ITA, Ducati 749 R, 1'58.181
8. P. Riba, ESP, Kawasaki ZX6 RR, 1'58.242
9. J. vd Goorbergh, NED, Yamaha YZF R6, 1'58.289
10. S. Chambon, FRA, Suzuki GSX 600R, 1'58.313