Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
2005 World Superbike championship, round six - Misano, Italy
Final qualifying - Saturday, 25 June 2005


Winston Ten Kate Honda riders, Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge, will start
from second and fourth places respectively for tomorrow's two World Superbike
championship sixth round races at Misano in Italy.

With track temperatures once again approaching 50 degrees, Vermeulen set the
second fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole session, just behind
championship leader Troy Corser. Muggeridge's performance marks his second
Superbike front row start since moving up from World Supersport last year.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"I'm really happy with the results of today's Superpole and it's very gratifying
to have both our riders on the front row. Their performances are a good
reflection of all the hard work that the team has put in - not just this weekend
but since we left Silverstone. We are still making small changes, even right up
to the beginning of Superpole, and we'll make some more small adjustments for
tomorrow morning's warm-up. We've been making steady progress all weekend and
it's all been in the right direction. Now we must concentrate on getting the
results in tomorrow's two races."

Chris Vermeulen - second fastest, 1m35.685s:

"Yeah, everything's pretty good and I was happy with my Superpole lap. It's good
when Superpole works but not so great when it doesn't. But we've been going the
right way all weekend, starting with the changes we made at the rear of the bike
after our test at Magny-Cours and the team has been working really hard. Our
main concern has been trying to find a combination of tyres that will last for
25 laps in this heat - it's going to be hard on the tyres and hard on us. The
only down-side with today is that I got beaten by Troy (Corser) again but we'll
be aiming to return the compliment twice tomorrow!"

Karl Muggeridge - fourth fastest, 1m35.866s:

"I just tried to be really smooth on my Superpole lap and not make any mistakes,
and in the end it was pretty good. We made that small change to the rear shock
overnight and as soon as we tried it this morning, we knew it was right. From
then on, we've just been making constant little changes and doing a little more
work on the front of the bike. We even made a small adjustment just before the
Superpole lap and then I put in my quickest time of the weekend. I think we've
pretty much decided on tyres and the race set-up is good, so I'm looking forward
to putting it all together in the races tomorrow."

World Superbike, Misano - Superpole qualifying times:

 1 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki)                      1m35.330s
 2 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  1:35.685
 3 Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati)                     1:35.798
 4 Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda)      1:35.866
 5 Yukio Kagayama JPN (Suzuki)                   1:35.868
 6 Pierfrancesco Chili ITA (Honda)               1:35.961
 7 James Toseland GBR (Ducati)                   1:35.963
 8 Steve Martin AUS (Petronas)                   1:36.147
 9 Max Neukirchner GER (Honda)                   1:36.167
10 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA (Ducati)                    1:36.301