Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
round 12 - race one
Magny-Cours, France - Sunday, 9 October 2005


Chris Vermeulen converted yesterday's record-breaking qualifying performance
into victory in race one of today's final World Superbike championship round at
Magny-Cours. The 23-year-old Winston Ten Kate Honda rider broke the lap record
three times on his way to an eight-second victory over Yukio Kagayama.

Vermeulen's team-mate and fellow Australian, Karl Muggeridge, just missed out on
his first podium of the season, finishing fourth to Britain's James Toseland.
Muggeridge fought his way back from eighth place on the first of 23-laps at the
4.4km Magny-Cours to take third on lap ten. But after some thrilling racing,
Muggeridge ran wide at the Adelaide hairpin on the final lap, allowing Toseland

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"That was a really outstanding race and, although Chris got into the lead early
on and started to disappear, behind him it was fantastic. Chris was in
unbeatable form and the scrap that Karl was involved with was all fair and
square. It's a shame he couldn't climb up on the podium but we'll certainly be
looking for more in race two."

Chris Vermeulen - winner

"If I can do that again in race two, I'll be pretty happy; but, as ever, those
other guys out there don't make it easy. It may have looked like a bit of a
cruise when I was out in front but Yukio (Kagayama) didn't let up on the
pressure at all so I was riding at 100% all the way to the flag. It's nice to
get the lap record to back up the Superpole lap yesterday, which was held in
similar temperatures to what it'll be like for race two; so we should have some
information to go on."

Karl Muggeridge - fourth

"I just braked a little too late into the hairpin on that final lap and ran
maybe two meters wide. That allowed James through and it was just too late to do
anything about it. It was an eventful race early on as well, as I took out a few
of the cones with my fairing along the start finish straight. I may use that as
a braking marker for race two! I'm not sure what we can do to make the bike
better though, it was great. I enjoyed the race and hope I can enjoy race two a
little more."

World Superbike, Magny-Cours - race one results (23 laps, 101.453km):

 1 Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  39m03.405s
 2 Yukio Kagayama JPN (Suzuki)                      +8.200s
 3 James Toseland GBR (Ducati)                     +13.336
 4 Karl Muggeridge AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)    +13.887
 5 Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki)                        +14.299
 6 Andrew Pitt AUS (Yamaha)                        +15.270
 7 Chris Walker GBR (Kawasaki)                     +16.136
 8 Max Neukirchner GER (Honda)                     +16.616
 9 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA (Ducati)                      +18.201
10 Norick Abe JPN (Yamaha)                         +31.100