MUGGERIDGE ON SECOND ROW AFTER WET SUPERPOLE Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) secured a second row start after setting the eighth best time in a 'wet' Superpole competition at Silverstone. James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) ...
MUGGERIDGE ON SECOND ROW AFTER WET SUPERPOLE
Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) secured a second row start after setting the eighth best time in a 'wet' Superpole competition at Silverstone. James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) fought a lack of rear traction during his allocation of 12 laps and finished 14th quickest, taking a fourth row start for Sunday's brace of Superbike races.
With Friday being dry and Saturday soaking wet, all the Superpole qualifying times counted from day one, and the slowly drying track proved tricky for all involved. Toseland was particularly unlucky as he finished fifth in regulation qualifying (with Muggeridge eighth) and had hoped to improve to a front row start in front of his home fans. Local wild card Tommy Hill took his first ever Superpole win, with championship leader Bayliss second quickest.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager
"After a good start to the weekend yesterday we really hoped for more than this result. The wet Superpole did not bring us what we were expecting. Karl is on the second row, which is still OK, but 14th place for James is not a good position for him to start the races from. Tomorrow, it seems the races will be held in dry conditions, and I also hope we can have a dry warm-up, so we can confirm our dry settings. I guess it will be a tough race for James, coming from where he will be. But we know he is a hard racer, and he won't have any lack of motivation, especially as this is his home round."
James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(14th position -- 1'41.004)
"That was a really difficult day, especially after the first day, when things looked good. I was confident and the times were not bad. But today I could not believe how it turned out. The front of the bike was OK but as soon as I opened the gas it was hard to control the rear of the bike. I waited until the last few minutes to hope that there were better track conditions than at the beginning, but things were even worse, and most other riders couldn't improve their times as much. Tomorrow, conditions should be better and I am sure that yesterday's times have proved that if I'm aggressive in the first few laps, I can get into the top group again."
Karl Muggeridge -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(8th position -- 1'40.023)
"In the wet we have had to work on getting more drive out of corners. The bike was just spinning like mad and also spinning quite early in the turns. The front was working nicely, we could get it in, brake and turn, but if you got in too fast the back would still come around. That was interesting, let's say, several times. In the dry I think things will be working really well. We got some things changed in the chassis yesterday and it was good, so we're making improvements all the time."