Van Zon Honda TKR Monza race report

Good and bad for Van Zon Honda TKR at Monza It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Van Zon Honda TKR team in the Monza round of the World Supersport championship. Iain MacPherson powered his way back to form on his Honda CBR600RR with a ...

Good and bad for Van Zon Honda TKR at Monza

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Van Zon Honda TKR team in the Monza round of the World Supersport championship.

Iain MacPherson powered his way back to form on his Honda CBR600RR with a superb third place, after a race-long battle with Stephane Chambon. The fiery Scot out-rode the diminutive Frenchman to grab the final podium place by a margin of just 0.015 seconds.

"It's about time I got a decent finish," said MacPherson after the race. "I've put more effort into my racing this weekend, although I feel I'm still not going at 100%, maybe more like 80%. I'm trying really hard to want to race, I'm working on my motivation and hopefully I can keep on improving. I've been thinking about my racing, walking the circuit and even listening to Pink Floyd before the races to keep my heart rate down!"

His team mate Werner Daemen had a completely different race. After qualifying well his race started disastrously when his bike cut out on the warm up lap. He rushed back to the pits to collect his spare machine and was forced to start from the pit lane. Unfortunately he suffered similar problems on his number two Honda but soldiered on to finish a creditable seventeenth.

"I'm very, very disappointed," said Daemen after the race. "I had such a good race set up, the WP suspension guys had worked hard with us to get the chassis working perfectly and the Pirelli tyres have been absolutely superb here all weekend. So to be beaten by a stupid electrical fault like this is terrible luck."

Hopefully everything will be sorted by the next race in Oschersleben and both riders will be able to show their true potential on the German circuit for round five of the World Supersport championship.

World Supersport Championship
Round Four, Monza Italy
16-17-18 May 2003

Race result and best lap times
1, C Vermeulen, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, 1m 52.635
2, J VD Goorbergh, NED, Yamaha, 1m 53.417
3, I MacPherson, GBR, Van Zon Honda TKR, 1m 53.564
4, S Chambon, FRA, Suzuki, 1m 53.544
5, F Foret, FRA, Kawasaki, 1m 53.454
6, S Charpentier, FRA, Honda, 1m 53.694

17, W Daemen, BEL, Van Zon Honda TKR, 1m 53.939
K Muggeridge, AUS, Ten Kate Honda, DNF

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Stephane Chambon , Iain MacPherson , Werner Daemen