Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
round eight - Brands Hatch, GB
Final qualifying - 6 August 2005


Karl Muggeridge will start tomorrow's two eighth round World Superbike
championship races at Brands Hatch in the UK from the front row of the grid
after setting the second fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole event.
Fellow Australian, Troy Corser, grabbed pole position, with Muggeridge's Winston
Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Chris Vermeulen, setting the eighth fastest time.

After earlier struggling to find the right setting for his Superbike debut at
the 4.2km Kent circuit, Muggeridge improved on his regulation qualifying
position of ninth place in the one-lap Superpole shoot-out. Vermeulen was the
penultimate Superpole rider but was unable to improve on his time.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"After all the team's work and the riders' performances this weekend, I think we
deserved two front row places. Karl made an excellent Superpole lap apart from a
small mistake on the final corner, losing time that may have cost him his first
pole position. We know Chris struggles a little with Superpole, especially being
one of the last riders to go out, but at least he normally improves on his
qualifying time. Having said that, we're quite happy with the race settings for
both riders and I'm sure there will be two good battles out there tomorrow

Karl Muggeridge - second fastest, 1m26.833s

"After this morning, we changed a lot of things on the bike for the afternoon
free practice and it felt heaps better. I was just a bit eager on the last
corner of my Superpole lap - I really wanted pole position and made a mistake
going for that important final drive to the line. The bike probably looked a bit
out of shape but it was really my wrist! It's my best qualifying performance and
we've made a jump forward with the bike. Brands Hatch is one of my favourite
circuits so I'll be looking for two really good results tomorrow."

Chris Vermeulen - eighth fastest, 1m27.196s

"I don't know, I think I just suck at Superpole! I hate waiting in the box for
the other guys to go and I just rode too slow in the first part of the lap.
Ronald calls me a diesel, because I take a few laps to get going and I think I
would have been flying with another lap. I didn't want to make any mistakes
though, so I just braked too early for the first three corners, although it got
better in the last sector. But I know we've got a good set-up for tomorrow and
I'm not too worried. I've won races from the second row before."

World Superbike, Brands Hatch - final qualifying times:

 1 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki)                      1m26.672s
 2 Karl Muggeridge AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  1:26.833
 3 James Toseland GBR (Ducati)                   1:26.910
 4 Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati)                     1:26.982
 5 Chris Walker GBR (Kawasaki)                   1:27.014
 6 Noriyuki Haga JPN (Yamaha)                    1:27.044
 7 Andrew Pitt AUS (Yamaha)                      1:27.192
 8 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  1:27.196
 9 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA (Ducati)                    1:27.618
10 Steve Martin AUS (Petronas)                   1:27.653