Silverstone: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

PROVISIONAL SECOND ROW FOR WINSTON MEN AT SILVERSTONE In warm sunshine, Karl Muggeridge set the sixth fastest time in today's opening qualifying session for Sunday's two fifth round World Superbike championship races at Silverstone, GB. With ...

PROVISIONAL SECOND ROW FOR WINSTON MEN AT SILVERSTONE

In warm sunshine, Karl Muggeridge set the sixth fastest time in today's opening qualifying session for Sunday's two fifth round World Superbike championship races at Silverstone, GB. With Frenchman Regis Laconi setting the provisional pole time, Muggeridge's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate Chris Vermeulen was eighth fastest.

Following the Australian duo's strong performances last time out at Monza in Italy, Muggeridge and Vermeulen spent most of today's free practice and qualifying time continuing their development work for Silverstone's 3.56km International circuit, which is being used by the championship for the first time this weekend.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"Everything is looking fairly OK on race tyres here as we continued the progress that earned us those good results in Monza. Chris spent most of the qualifying session on race tyres and was running consistently in third or fourth place; but we weren't able to match that pace when we put in a qualifier towards the end of the session, which surprised us, I must say. Karl is still making good progress and I'm sure there will be more to come tomorrow - I'm happy with our development of the CBR1000RR's chassis and suspension, which is working well on the short circuit here."

Karl Muggeridge - sixth fastest, 1m28.189s:

"I definitely prefer the old circuit here but I guess the challenge with this shorter version is the same for everyone. We're still trying to get the grip down on the tarmac effectively and there's a bit of work to do in that direction. We tried a heap of different things this morning - shocks, linkages and so on - and tried to put the best bits on the bike for this afternoon. One thing I have to say is that the brakes are lots better - Nissin has brought a selection of pads for us to try here. We're aiming to just keep improving things tomorrow to give us a good starting position for Sunday's races."

Chris Vermeulen - eighth fastest, 1m28.310s:

"I put a qualifier in towards the end of the session but it was just spinning up everywhere and was still pretty fresh after two laps - it didn't feel right at all. Everything was feeling fine on race tyres and I was pretty comfortable with the progress we were making. It's important to start near the front here and get away well because for sure there's going to be some action going into that hairpin for the first time - there was quite a few out-braking themselves there this morning!"

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge , Laconi Régis