VERMEULEN AND MUGGERIDGE MAKE PROGRESS IN SPAIN Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge set the third and fourth fastest times respectively on day one of a two-day official World Superbike test at Valencia in Spain today, as Troy Corser headed the...
VERMEULEN AND MUGGERIDGE MAKE PROGRESS IN SPAIN
Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge set the third and fourth fastest times respectively on day one of a two-day official World Superbike test at Valencia in Spain today, as Troy Corser headed the combined time sheets.
After some frustrating tests earlier this year, the Winston Ten Kate Honda duo was happy to be able to spend some quality time testing different tyre combinations and chassis settings on their 2005 Honda CBR1000RR machines.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"We didn't really have many opportunities before the first round in Qatar to test everything we wanted. During our time their, our riders were suffering quite badly from flu and apparently some people doubted how ill they really were. I think their performances in today's first day of testing at Valencia have shown that they can both be competitive when fully fit. Today we've been able to make some progress at last and I'm glad to see that it's all in a positive and forward direction."
Chris Vermeulen - 58 laps, 1m36.411s
"I'm so much more comfortable on the bike and feeling so much better than two weeks ago in Qatar. It's a great feeling just to be doing some laps on a circuit that we know. Today we started with some settings from last year and just spent this morning playing around with different tyres and tyre pressures. I'm happy that we've shown we can be competitive on a race tyre but we've still got some more things to try tomorrow."
Karl Muggeridge - 66 laps, 1m36.913s
"We've got through a lot of work today, trying different suspension settings, different bikes, different tyres and so on, just to try and get the fundamentals right. We ended up this afternoon with the best combination of everything so far on the best bike and finished fourth fastest. I think it shows that we can do it and be competitive with decent levels of grip. I've done a lot of laps today and I'm feeling pretty tired because I haven't been able to train much lately; but I'm pretty happy too."
<pre> Valencia test - day one World Superbike times:
1 Troy Corser AUS Suzuki 57 laps 1:35.911 2 Regis Laconi FRA Ducati 57 laps 1:36.147 3 Chris Vermeulen AUS Winston Ten Kate Honda 58 laps 1:36.411 4 Karl Muggeridge AUS Winston Ten Kate Honda 66 laps 1:36.913 5 Jose Luis Cardoso ESP Yamaha 47 laps 1:37.191 6 Noriyuki Haga JAP Yamaha 56 laps 1:37.256 7 Sebastien Gimbert FRA Yamaha 59 laps 1:37.447 8 James Toseland GBR Ducati 58 laps 1:37.476 9 Yukio Kagayama JAP Suzuki 55 laps 1:37.498 10 Andrew Pitt AUS Yamaha 65 laps 1:37.543.