VERMEULEN SECOND FASTEST AT VALENCIA Chris Vermeulen will start tomorrow's two third round World Superbike championship races from the front row of the grid after setting the second fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole event. The...
VERMEULEN SECOND FASTEST AT VALENCIA
Chris Vermeulen will start tomorrow's two third round World Superbike championship races from the front row of the grid after setting the second fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole event. The Australian clocked a time of 1:36.125s around the 4.005km Ricardo Tormo Circuit near Valencia in Spain.
With Troy Corser taking pole position, Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, set the sixth fastest time this afternoon after finishing the second qualifying session this morning in second place. He will start from the second row for tomorrow's two 23-lap (92km) races.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"We arrived here in Valencia with a lot of different options to test - focusing especially on the chassis and front forks. We've spent the last two days going through these methodically, which has been quite time consuming. It's ironic that the last things we tested seemed to work the best. Both Chris and Karl have been making steady progress in the right direction yesterday and today and I think we have put them in a position where they can be challenging for podium finishes here. We're not quite there yet and still have some work to do on the overall base setting. We're not progressing as fast as we would like, but at least we are making progress."
Chris Vermeulen - second fastest, 1m36.125s:
"We've done a lot of work on the front this weekend and, as I've said, it's not ideal to be testing things during a meeting but that's just how it is. I spent most of today's practice sessions using the same tyres and just going through a load of different settings on the bike. I'm quite comfortable at race pace here, although the temperature tomorrow will have a lot to do with what that pace is. The track has become slippery in the afternoons so we'll have to see what the weather is like tomorrow. I tried to make my Superpole lap as smooth as possible with a new front tyre. I guess I could've been a little bit quicker here and there but it was my fastest lap of the weekend. We've got some more work to do still, but I'm comfortable with the bike now and looking forward to tomorrow."
Karl Muggeridge - sixth fastest, 1m36.565s:
"I'm real comfortable on the qualifiers and was happy to be second fastest going into my second Superpole. I got the lap about as smooth as I could but unfortunately it's dropped me back to the second row. Superpole worked the other way for me in Australia where I moved up a few places but at least I'm in the right area and challenging at the front again here. The bike is still coming up a little too fast as I gas it out of corners so I have to wait a fraction longer before opening the throttle. We need to work on that a little more and will try a couple of things in warm-up tomorrow. But it's good turning in and we're definitely making progress. I think we're quite close to a good race set-up so we'll see what tomorrow brings."