Vermeulen takes emphatic Silverstone win Chris Vermeulen took yet another win in the 2003 World Supersport championship, taking an emphatic win at round six in Silverstone. After qualifying down in sixth, Vermeulen knew he'd have to make a ...
Vermeulen takes emphatic Silverstone win
Chris Vermeulen took yet another win in the 2003 World Supersport championship, taking an emphatic win at round six in Silverstone.
After qualifying down in sixth, Vermeulen knew he'd have to make a good start to stand any chance of a race win - fighting through from the back of the pack late in a race just isn't an option in the hard-fought Supersport class.
"I got a great start," smiled Vermeulen, "then I got my head down for some fast laps. They came easily because the Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR was an absolute dream today. I could have carried on reeling off the fast laps but when I looked back they'd all gone so there was no need to keep pushing so hard."
While he claims to have cruised around in the final laps, Vermeulen kept the pressure on hard enough to win by over 12 seconds.
The day was one of double-joy for the Ten Kate Honda team after Karl Muggeridge got the result he's been threatening to get in several races by coming home in third.
"I'm really happy to be on the podium today," said Muggeridge. "I had a plan to get onto the outside at the first turn and just hope I could find some gaps. The first lap went exactly to plan and as soon as I got out of the first turn I slotted my way through quickly the pack. By the time I caught VD Goorbergh my tyres were pretty second hand and when I tried to battle with him things got really out of shape. I just didn't want to risk another non-finish so was happy to take third."
With so many victories in 2003, four from just six races, it's getting hard for team manager Ronald ten Kate to come up with something new to say!
"It wasn't an easy weekend but it's ended perfectly," he said. "Luckily, we realised last night that despite our struggles in qualifying we didn't need to make an entire new bike to solve things. Instead we made some careful but small tweaks to the bike and it seems we got it just right. Heaps of the credit this weekend must go to Andre Stamsnijder of WP Suspension. This track has thrown so many challenges at him with its mix of very fast turns, very slow turns and big bumps. But between the team, WP Suspension and Pirelli tyres, we came up with a Honda CBR600RR race-bike that was as perfect as we could have hoped for. Now we just have to keep our heads out of the clouds and our feet on the ground because the championship isn't over yet!"
World Supersport Championship
Round six, Silverstone, 13-14-15 June 2003 <pre> 1. C Vermeulen AUS Ten Kate Honda 37'21.429 2. J VD Goorbergh NEL Yamaha +12.157 3. K Muggeridge AUS Ten Kate Honda +14.223 4. T VD Bosch FRA Yamaha +15.462 5. A Corradi ITA Yamaha +16.554 6. C Cogan FRA Honda +22.202 7. P Riba ESP Kawasaki +22.379 8. K Fujiwara JPN Suzuki +24.063 9. M Lagrive FRA Yamaha +27.053 10. R Ulm AUT Honda +27.314