Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
2005 World Superbike championship, round seven - Brno, Czech Republic
Final qualifying - 16 July 2005


Chris Vermeulen will start tomorrow's seventh round World Superbike championship
races at Brno in the Czech Republic from the front row of the grid after setting
the fourth fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole event.

Troy Corser took pole position after Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda
team-mate, Karl Muggeridge set the fifth fastest time to start from the head of
row two for tomorrow's two 20-lap races around the fast and undulating 5.4km
Czech circuit.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"I'm actually quite happy with the results of today's qualifying and Superpole
sessions after all the hard work we've put in during the weekend so far. With
neither rider having been here and other top teams having tested already, we've
been playing the catch-up game for the first two days. To be honest, I think
Karl deserved a front row start and was very close to getting one. We still have
some work to do tonight because the lap times and data that we've gathered today
will for sure help us to improve the bikes a little bit more in the warm-up
tomorrow morning so that we can be even more competitive in the races."

Chris Vermeulen - fourth fastest, 2m03.247s

"We've continued to make improvements all day today. We're still facing the same
problems as yesterday - running a little wide in places and lacking grip in
others - but we managed to make the problems a little smaller. I like the
circuit more each time I go out and, although it's bumpy in a lot of places,
we're getting faster in each session. The hotter conditions that we had this
afternoon aren't ideal for the CBR but we'll have to see what the weather does
tomorrow. If it's like it is today, it's going to be pretty hard work and there
are a lot of fast riders out there. I'll just have to try and stick the bike on
the podium again."

Karl Muggeridge - fifth fastest, 2m03.252s

"I wanted to be top five when we came here but I would definitely have preferred
a front row start. The times are all pretty tight but two tiny mistakes on my
Superpole lap cost me that front row. But I still did my quickest time of the
weekend so the bike's definitely getting better and better each time we go out.
As ever, there's still some more work to do and there'll be one or two different
things to try in the morning; but I like the circuit and I'll just be looking
for two really solid results tomorrow and get up there as high as I can."

World Superbike, Brno - final qualifying times:

 1 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki)                      2m02.694s
 2 James Toseland GBR (Ducati)                   2:03.180
 3 Max Neukirchner GER (Honda)                   2:03.214
 4 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  2:03.247
 5 Karl Muggeridge AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  2:03.252
 6 Chris Walker GBR (Kawasaki)                   2:03.429
 7 Yukio Kagayama JPN (Suzuki)                   2:03.473
 9 Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati)                     2:03.756
10 David Checa ESP (Yamaha)                      2:03.913