High Five In Valencia Test For Winston Ten Kate Honda - March 13th 2005
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Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge concluded the two-day official World Superbike test at Valencia in Spain today and both declared themselves happy with the progress they have made in the development of their Honda CBR1000RR machines.
The time sheets were headed by Troy Corser, with Vermeulen third fastest and Muggeridge fifth. The World Superbike championship now packs up for the long trek to Phillip Island in Australia where round two of the 2005 series takes place on 3 April.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"I'm really pretty happy with the results of these tests and the positions and lap times of both riders. It's good to see them in the top five. We've got through a lot of work over the last two days, but we've had to because we're still playing a bit of catch-up with everyone else. I'm convinced we can do some more development work for the next round and we know from last year's Superbike campaign what needs changing between Valencia and Phillip Island. Now we have had a decent test we're not so far away from a solid base setting for the CBR1000RR that can carry us through the rest of the season."
Chris Vermeulen - 126 laps, 1m35.724s
"We've been trying a lot of different things this weekend, one of which has been the slipper clutch. I like it a lot but it would be good to still have a little more control in certain sections of the circuit here. Overall we've made some good progress and, apart from the first round in Qatar, this has been the first time I've been able to do a lot of laps on the bike. We lost a little grip this afternoon because I think the track temperature went up a bit; but that will still be useful because it might be like that for the race here in April. Phillip Island is very different to Valencia so I think we'll still have some work to do when we get there but we'll have to be patient and just keep going in the right direction. Just like we've done here."
Karl Muggeridge - 124 laps, 1m36.084s
"We played around a lot this weekend, tried lots of different things and we're not miles away from where we want to be. I didn't really get the chance to put in a good quick lap but we've really been working on race set-ups and that's where we still need to do some work. It's just been great to get a chunk of laps under my belt because the weather's been good and we've had two sessions of two-and-a-half hours each day. It's a long time to stay on it and keep concentrating but it's allowed us to move things forward and not rush into any decisions. I'm just happy we're going in the right direction."
Valencia test - overall lap times:
- 1, Troy Corser AUS (Suzuki) 126 laps, 1m35.566s
- 2, Yukio Kagayama JAP (Suzuki) 134 laps, 1:35.698
- 3, Chris Vermeulen AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 126 laps, 1:35.724
- 4, Régis Laconi FRA (Ducati) 126 laps, 1:35.881
- 5, Karl Muggeridge AUS (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 124 laps, 1:36.084
- 6, Noriyuki Haga JAP (Yamaha) 115 laps, 1:36.347
- 7, Jose Luis Cardoso ESP (Yamaha) 94 laps, 1:36.443
- 8, Andrew Pitt AUS (Yamaha) 127 laps, 1:36.766
- 9, Chris Walker GBR (Kawasaki) 108 laps, 1:36.793
- 10, Pierfrancesco Chili ITA (Honda) 103 laps, 1:36.813