Ten Kate Honda dominate final qualifying at Monza Karl Muggeridge and Chris Vermeulen showed the dominance of the Ten Kate Hondas by taking the top two grid positions for Sunday's race at the historic Monza circuit. Muggeridge blew the ...
Ten Kate Honda dominate final qualifying at Monza
Karl Muggeridge and Chris Vermeulen showed the dominance of the Ten Kate Hondas by taking the top two grid positions for Sunday's race at the historic Monza circuit.
Muggeridge blew the opposition into the weeds going almost a full second quicker than Vermeulen and more than a second faster of Pere Riba in third.
But it wasn't all easy for Muggeridge. "There was so much traffic out there it made it tough," he explained. "Riders were slowing down in the middle of the track to wait for a tow. It didn't only mean that the lap was ruined but also let the tyre go cold. The Honda CBR600RR is great and the Pirelli tyres are fantastic here. Getting pole is a real confidence booster for me because it's taken a few races to adjust to the new bike."
While Karl's performance was impressive his team mate Chris Vermeulen's second on the grid is nothing short of incredible considering his thumb injury.
"Braking is very painful," said Chris after the session. "My time on qualifying tyres was the same as on race tyres because I couldn't make use of the extra grip due to my thumb. In the race passing on the brakes will be difficult, but if I can't pass on the brakes I'll have to use the power of the Ten Kate Honda instead."
Team manager Ronald ten Kate was obviously pleased to see both his riders at the top of the timesheet.
"Incredible! I'm literally speechless," was all he could say at first after qualifying. But then he found words to describe his riders' efforts. "Being on pole is great but to see Karl smash the best lap record by 1.7seconds is amazing. It shows that we are constantly improving the new bike and that we have two very capable riders. Chris did so well today despite his injury and I'm sure that in the race he'll be running on pure adrenaline."
World Supersport Championship
Round Four, Monza
16 - 17 - 18 May 2003
1, K Muggeridge, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, 1m 51.480
2, C Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, 1m 52.311
3, P Riba, AUS, Kawasaki, 1m 52.570
4, K Fujiwara, JPN, Suzuki, 1m 52.922
5, I MacPherson, FRA, Van Zon Honda TKR, 1m 53.003
6, S Chambon, FRA, Suzuki, 1m 53.159
7, W Daemen, BEL, Van Zon Honda TKR, 1m 53.255
8, J VD Goorbergh, NED, Yamaha, 1m 53.331
9, A Corradi, ITA, Yamaha, 1m 53.332
10, F Foret, FRA, Kawasaki, 1m 53.426