Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
2005 World Superbike championship, round six - Misano, Italy
Race two - Sunday, 26 June 2005


Chris Vermeulen took another second place finish in the second of today's two
World Superbike championship sixth round races at Misano in Italy. With
temperatures once again reaching the mid-thirties, the Winston Ten Kate Honda
rider finished behind today's double winner, Regis Laconi, with series leader
Troy Corser taking another third place. Vermeulen's fellow Australian and
team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, again started well, but a debilitating stomach
ailment dropped him to seventh place at the flag.

Another good start saw Vermeulen lead the early stages of the race but falling
grip levels did not allow him to maintain his advantage. After the interview
commitments following race two, Vermeulen took a helicopter to Bologna airport
with team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara. The Winston duo is flying to Japan this
evening for an HRC test at Suzuka starting on Tuesday morning.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"I think that, with the new components we have and the changed set-up to the
bike, we can say that the hunting season is open for the second half of the
championship. Chris rode very well today and, although he has only taken eight
points out of Corser's lead, the hot conditions made it very hard for everyone.
Karl went on a drip between the two races to replace lost fluid but his illness
would explain his lap times falling and the drop from his qualifying
performance. We're now looking forward to Brno and then a test straight
afterwards at Lausitzring which should allow us to find that missing element for
the second half of the season."

Chris Vermeulen - second

"I was a little closer to Regis (Laconi) that time but the important thing was
that I finished ahead of Troy in both races. Regis was really strong today and,
although I was OK through the faster parts of the circuit, where I could pick up
a tenth or two, I had very little grip in the tighter sections. I nearly lost it
in the last chicane on virtually every lap. It was hard work in the heat and
doubly hard having to compensate for no grip and the last five laps were really
tough. We've still got a few things to work on on the bike but I'm looking
forward to Brno now. I've never been there before but I'd never been to Laguna
Seca before last season and managed to do the double there. I'd love to do the
same again."

Karl Muggeridge - seventh

"I really think that without Clinica Mobile I wouldn't have been able to do the
second race today. They dosed me up with some fluids after race one, when I was
just riding around really. I didn't feel too bad at the start of race two but
about six laps from the end I was getting a little queasy again. It's a real
shame because I was so much happier on the bike this weekend. We've still got
some work to do here and there, and I guess there'll always be something we feel
we can improve. But I felt we'd made a big step forward here and it's a shame I
wasn't able to capitalise on it. I'll get over this bug and move on to Brno,
where I hope we can turn the progress into some good results."

World Superbike, Misano - race two results (25 laps, 101.5kms):

 1 Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati)                     40m46.260s
 2 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)     +1.491s
 3 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki)                         +3.143
 4 James Toseland GBR (Ducati)                     +14.562
 5 Pierfrancesco Chili ITA (Honda)                 +16.291
 6 Noryuki Haga JPN (Yamaha)                       +18.600
 7 Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda)        +24.065
 8 Steve Martin AUS (Petronas)                     +24.503
 9 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA (Ducati)                      +25.865
10 Giovanni Bussei ITA (Kawasaki)                  +28.458

Championship points after six of 12 rounds:

 1 Corser     254
 2 Vermeulen  181
 3 Laconi     162
 4 Kagayama   148
 5 Toseland   124
 6 Haga        88
 7 Walker      87
 8 Chili       86
 9 Pitt        70
10 Muggeridge  65

Next round:

Sunday 17 July - Brno, Czech Republic.