Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
2005 World Superbike championship, round seven - race two
Brno, Czech Republic - Sunday, 17 July 2005


Winston Ten Kate Honda rider, Chris Vermeulen, made up for a disappointing race
one result at Brno with his seventh podium of the 2005 World Superbike campaign
in race two. The Australian fought back from a difficult start to take third
place after 20 laps of the 5.4km circuit in the Czech Republic.

The race was won by Japan's Noriyuki Haga with series leader Troy Corser second.
Vermeulen's team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, slipped back from second place in the
early laps to take ninth place at the flag.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"After our disappointing results in the first race here I'm very happy with that
podium from Chris and, particularly, the way he took it. He had to come back
from eleventh place after the first lap and really put his head down and seemed
to get better as the race went on. We managed to get the front end of Karl's
bike working a little better than in race one but we sacrificed a serious amount
of rear end grip, meaning he couldn't hold on to his good start. We're heading
from here and going straight to the Eurospeedway at Lausitzring to do some
testing where we have a lot of new things to try."

Chris Vermeulen

"I didn't get off the line too badly but the front wheel started to lift and I
had to roll off a bit. I came together with Nori (Haga) in the first turn and
got a big wobble on and then found myself with a lot of fast riders who were
difficult to pass. A couple of incidents cost me places that I'd worked hard to
get but eventually I got into a good rhythm and put in some good laps towards
the end of the race. We'd lifted the front a little between the races and that
helped me to hold lines a lot better. But we also had a bit of a voltage problem
and I was getting some weird signals from the dash. I'm happy with the podium
though, considering this was our first time here - it's a good reward for all
the team's hard work."

Karl Muggeridge

"Well, we got the front working better after race one but suddenly found I had
no grip at the rear. I could brake and run into corners with everyone in the
fast group I was with but just lost out when we accelerated away. The bike was
definitely better overall so it's a little frustrating that we found another
problem, which got worse as the race went on. We're off testing at Lausitzring
this week and it's something that we really need. It was uphill a bit for us
here in Brno because none of us has been here before and you could tell the
teams that had. The test should put us in good shape for Brands Hatch and the
races after that."

World Superbike, Brno - race two results (20 laps, 108.060kms):

 1 Noriyuki Haga JPN (Yamaha) 41m43.525s
 2 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki) +3.233s
 3 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda) +11.012
 4 Norick Abe JPN (Yamaha) +12.268
 5 Pierfrancesco Chili ITA (Honda) +1.361
 6 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA (Ducati) +13.511
 7 Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati) +14.141
 8 James Toseland GBR (Ducati) +16.439
 9 Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) +16.820
10 Chris Walker GBR (Kawasaki) +19.737

Championship points after seven of 12 rounds:

 1 Corser          299
 2 Vermeulen       205
 3 Laconi          187
 4 Yukio Kagayama  158 JPN (Suzuki)
 5 Toseland        152
 6 Haga            122
 7 Chili           108
 8 Walker          106
 9 Abe              83
10 Andrew Pitt      76 AUS (Yamaha)
11 Muggeridge       75

Next round:

Sunday 7 August - Brands Hatch, GB