Sugo: Ten Kate Honda race report

Ten Kate Honda leave Japan leading the championship. A solid finish by both Ten Kate Honda riders after a difficult weekend saw Chris Vermeulen take a ten-point lead in the World Supersport Championship. It was a typically hard-fought...

Ten Kate Honda leave Japan leading the championship.

A solid finish by both Ten Kate Honda riders after a difficult weekend saw Chris Vermeulen take a ten-point lead in the World Supersport Championship.

It was a typically hard-fought Supersport race, with plenty of action all through the field. Karl Muggeridge took the lead early in the race but was unable to maintain it.

"I made the wrong tyre choice and I'm pretty mad about that," said Muggeridge. "The bike was running really well and when I hit the front I felt good, but my tyre choice eventually cost me the win. Now I am really looking forward to racing at Monza."

Team mate Chris Vermeulen was obviously pleased to extend his title lead, "I'm leading the championship and that's very positive going into Europe," he said. "It was a great race, I think we made the best of what was a difficult weekend in qualifying. We were expecting some very fast race times but the race was actually quite slow, it seemed to me that no rider had much grip out there today, I don't know why but the lap times aren't on par with last year."

When asked about his thoughts going into Monza, Vermeulen's reply was a simple; "I'm glad to be on a Ten Kate Honda for Monza because I know it will be fast!"

Team Manager Ronald ten Kate thought the weekend had finished well, "I'm very happy with the result," he smiled. "We are leading the championship, Karl is in a good position now and obviously he's back to his full form after his injuries at Phillip Island. I think that the season will really heat up when we return to Europe. There are four really big races ahead of us that could really shape the championship this year."

Round four takes place at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, famous for high speed racing, on May 18th.

<pre> 1. C Kellner GER Yamaha 39m 19.896s 2. R Kiyonari JPN Honda +0.243s 3. S Chambon FRA Suzuki +3.192s 4. T Kayo JPN Yamaha +10.334s 5. C Vermeulen AUS Honda +14.272s 6. K Muggeridge AUS Honda +16.326s 7. B Parkes AUS Honda +16.532s 8. J van den Goorbergh NED Yamaha +17.596s 9. P Riba ESP Kawasaki +18.516s 10. A Corradi ITA Yamaha +28.626s

12.  Werner Daemen              BEL     Honda           +37.443s
17.  Iain MacPherson            GB      Honda           +51.550s

World Supersport championship points after three of 11 rounds: 1 Vermeulen 56 2 Fujiwara 46 3 Kellner 37 4 Van den Goorbergh 31 5 Muggeridge 29 5 Chambon 29 5 Corradi 29 8 Cogan 21 8 Teuchert 21 10 Kiyonari 20 10 Riba 20

14 Daemen 12

Manufacturers points: 1 Honda 65 2 Suzuki 61 3 Yamaha 57 4 Kawasaki 20

Next round: May 18 -- Monza Italy.

-tkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Iain MacPherson , Werner Daemen , Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge , Phillip Island