Vermeulen takes first Ten Kate Honda SBK race win Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) secured his and his team's first win in the World Superbike Championship after an epic and gruelling day of action around the sunny environs of ...
Vermeulen takes first Ten Kate Honda SBK race win
Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) secured his and his team's first win in the World Superbike Championship after an epic and gruelling day of action around the sunny environs of Silverstone, the UK's Formula One circuit. The 21-year-old Australian rode brilliantly in each race and finished the first race in second place. He had to wait until race two to take his first win since stepping up to the Superbike class this season, but took it with some style.
Fighting with Ducati rider Noriyuki Haga in each 20-lap race, Vermeulen lost out on the win in race one after a small mistake on the last lap, but in race two a forceful and swift last lap assured him the win, in what was the 400th running of a World Superbike race. It was also Ten Kate's first win in SBK this year, having come close on a number of occasions.
In race one Pierfrancesco Chili was third, and in race two the new World Championship leader, Regis Laconi (Ducati) took the final podium place. Vermeulen is now fourth in the championship, with 137 points, only 34 points off the lead.
Said Vermeulen on this historic day for team, rider and CBR1000RR, "I made a small mistake in race one and that was enough to give Nori the chance to pass me and take the win. I wasn't going to make the same mistake in race two. Whatever happened I wasn't going to let this one go. On the last lap I just made sure I blocked on the corners and kept my pace high. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did."
Team Manager Ronald Ten Kate stated. "This is quite an explosion of emotion for our team. We have worked pretty hard to this point and in race one we could see that Chris almost had it but made a small mistake. In the second race he was just perfect, even when Haga tried to take the lead from him. I was just so happy to be on the podium, covering him in champagne. Now we have the win we needed so now we can concentrate on making the job even better than this. It's pure stimulation for the whole team."
World Superbike Championship
Round 6 - Silverstone, Great Britain
11 - 13 June 2004
Race Results 1
1. N. Haga, JPN, Ducati 999 RS
2. C. Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR, 0.150
3. P. Chili, ITA, Ducati 998 RS, 6.583
4. G. Mccoy, AUS, Ducati 999 RS, 27.263
5. L. Haslam, GBR, Ducati 999 RS, 27.580
Race Results 2
1. C. Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR
2. N. Haga, JPN, Ducati 999 RS, 0.228
3. R. Laconi, FRA, Ducati 999 F04, 6.155
4. L. Haslam, GBR, Ducati 999 RS, 20.895
5. J. Toseland, GBR, Ducati 999 F04, 27.504
Muggeridge and Parkes crowd Silverstone podium
Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) ended up in a superb battle for the race win at Silverstone, each fighting for the victory right up to the exit of the final corner. Muggeridge could not quite re-pass the flying Frenchman Fabien Foret (Yamaha) and thus he took second, his closely-following younger team-mate Parkes third.
A magnificently fluid and closely contested race saw Muggeridge in contention for the win throughout, as most riders' fortunes rose and fell as the laps ticked down. Parkes, experienced a less than perfect start, had to fight his way to the front, and led the race himself at one stage, threatening yet another Ten Kate 1-2 finish. All three podium finishers crossed the line with only 0.303 seconds between them.
The championship position for Muggeridge was further enhanced when Foret's team-mate Jurgen van den Goorbergh could only finish sixth, and thus Muggeridge now leads him, 107 points to 92. Parkes pushed himself to a total of 69 points, remaining in a good third position.
In the last race before a seven week break in the Supersport calendar Muggeridge had many reasons to be cheerful. "I gave it my best shot but Fabien just rode a bit better than me today," he stated. "It was a good solid race and I just have might got him at the end - but he was harder than me and seemed to be on a better line, so it wasn't to be. I think we all had the similar experience of the rear spinning up because of the temperatures."
Parkes rode hard in the early stages, and was rewarded with another podium finish. "I bogged it down at the start, which is quite unusual as I normally get good starts," said Parkes. "I was back in about tenth and it took me some time to get through. I felt today that I was faster than anyone, but the problem was passing. I wasn't as fast through the back section onto the straight. At the end of the race it came down to whoever wanted to put their body on the line but neither Karl nor Fabien tripped themselves up, do I couldn't get past. I'm just happy to be here on the podium again."
Team Boss Gerrit Ten Kate was in ebullient mood after another good day for his hard working team; "I think Karl used his brain to finish second. Fabien had nothing to lose and to go in the last corner race with him to take the win would have been very dang erous for the championship. Karl is leading the championship and it was impressive to see that he didn't give up the win until the very end. This is maybe the best race of the championship so far, except that we didn't win! For the spectators it has been a great weekend. We chose another type of tyre for Broc and I think it worked a little bit better for him."
World Supersport Championship
Round Six - Silverstone, Great Britain
11 - 13 June 2004, Race Report
1. F. Foret, FRA, Yamaha YZF R6
2. K. Muggeridge, AUS, Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR, 0.043
3. B. Parkes, AUS, Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR, 0.303
4. L. Lanzi, ITA, Ducati 749 R, 0.763
5. K. Curtain, AUS, Yamaha YZF R6, 2.598
6. J. vd Goorbergh, NED, Yamaha YZF R6, 3.429
7. P. Riba, ESP, Kawasaki ZX6 RR, 9.255
8. S. Charpentier, FRA, Honda CBR600RR, 20.385
9. A. Corradi, ITA, Honda CBR600RR, 20.605
10. S. Chambon, FRA, Suzuki GSX-R 600, 20.975