After a hard Valencia weekend, the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team is looking to the Monza round with a sense of anticipation. The Team has worked hard to analyse the problems which arose in Spain and on the Italian circuit there will be some new parts to improve traction, the Achilles heel in Valencia. The power of the Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR suits Monza and this give good hope to the Team to repeat last year results, when Chris Vermeulen won race 2. James Toseland, who is still fighting for the Title in third place overall, restarts full of determination, with the only objective to score podiums in each of the two Superbike races. On the other side of the garage, Karl Muggeridge makes his comeback after a hard fall during the recent Valencia test. The Australian is fully recovered, largely thanks to his great determination, and he wants to give an important result to the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager;
"The Valencia race is now in the past even if it was one of the hardest weekends we have ever experienced at the Spanish track. In Monza we will try some new components which should improve our control and grip of the bike and we will test them from Friday. Regarding the riders, I have seen that James is strongly motivated; convinced he will take an important result after the Spanish race, even if he did all that was possible. We have Karl back with us and we are really happy about it. Last year on this track he scored one of his best race results and we hope he will be able to repeat that, or even improve."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"I really like the Monza circuit. In the last couple of years I have stepped on the podium in three out of four races and therefore I am determined to continue this "tradition" especially now that I'm racing for the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team. But there is another reason why I want to do well in Monza: what happened in Valencia must remain an isolated incident. If we want to try to win the Title we have to stay in the top positions at every race. This is why we have to think of Monza as a form of revenge. It's also important because I've got a lot of supporters, and I don't want to disappoint them."
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"I am looking forward to getting back on the bike at Monza and I think everybody can understand why. I believe that not participating in the Valencia race was the right decision because I needed to get back to my best physical shape best after the hard fall in the test. Now I feel good, I never stopped training and I am also mentally ready to do well. I hope to post good results right from Friday's free practice, and it would be good for my morale to try and take a good result at one of my favourite tracks."