Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
round ten - race two
Eurospeedway Lausitz, Germany - Sunday, 11 September 2005


Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen finished second in this afternoon's
second tenth round World Superbike championship race at Eurospeedway Lausitz in
Germany. Following his win in the first of today's two races at the 4.3km
circuit, the Australian has closed further the points gap to series leader Troy
Corser, who crashed out of the lead on the second lap of race two but remounted
to take three points at the flag.

Vermeulen's Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Karl Muggeridge, overcame a first
race crash to finish fifth in the 24-lap race, which was won by Italy's Lorenzo
Lanzi - a replacement for injured rider Regis Laconi. Noriyuki Haga from Japan
was third.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"The most important thing this weekend was to take points from Troy (Corser) and
Chris's two results today have done that - along with a little help from Troy
himself. The difference is now 60 points and we have reduced Troy's lead by 50
points in the last two weekends. We're in a comfortable position but realise
that it's not over yet. We know from past seasons that a big points lead can be
overturned, so we'll just keep on doing what we've been doing and try to
postpone the championship party until the last round at Magny-Cours. Apart from
Chris's performances today, Karl had one of his best rides of the season, so
compliments to him as well. He's really getting to grips with the bike now and
it would be great if he could help in the last two rounds by allowing Chris to
take some more points from Troy."

Chris Vermeulen - second

"That was another really tough race and I certainly didn't make it easy for
myself. I got away OK when the lights changes but bogged it down a bit. I pulled
the clutch back in but then wheelied away and ended up about eighth. It was a
big job passing because everyone is so fast, especially Nori (Haga), and it's
difficult enough to pass here anyway. By the time I got to chase Lanzi down, he
had a big lead and my tyres were pretty shot. I thought I might catch him
towards the end but he's ridden well all weekend so congratulations to him. I
may have taken 50 points off Troy in the last two rounds but, to win the title,
I have to take another 60 in the last two. It's really Troy's championship to
lose more than anything, so I'll just keep concentrating on race wins and leave
it to him."

Karl Muggeridge - fifth

"It was definitely better in race two, although it got a bit rough with Toseland
at one point. My rear tyre was smoking towards the end but the bike was really
OK, apart from one or two small problems. It's a shame that race one ended in a
crash because I would've learned a lot to take into the second race."

World Superbike, Eurospeedway Laustiz - race two results (24 laps, 102.360km):

 1 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA (Ducati)                   40m20.947s
 2 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)    +0.840s
 3 Noriyuki Haga JPN (Yamaha)                      +4.598
 4 Yukio Kagayama JPN (Suzuki)                     +5.291
 5 Karl Muggeridge AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)   +16.236
 6 Andrew Pitt AUS (Yamaha)                       +18.362
 7 Max Neukirchner GER (Honda)                    +26.360
 8 Norick Abe JPN (Yamaha)                        +26.453
 9 Steve Martin AUS (Petronas)                    +27.076
10 Pierfrancesco Chili ITA (Honda)                +37.303

Championship points after ten of 12 rounds:

Corser                       389
Vermeulen                    329
Haga                         239
James Toseland GBR (Ducati)  215
Regis Laconi FRA (Ducati)    214
Yukio Kagayama JPN (Suzuki)  211
Pitt                         137
Chris Walker GBR (Kawasaki)  130
Chili                        125
Lanzi                        118
Muggeridge                   111

Next round:

Imola, Italy - 2 October