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WSB - Toseland Ready To Defend Second Position - September 7th 2006

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    Notwithstanding that the Assen race didn't go quite how the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team hoped, the Dutch race delivered an important result: second position in the World Championship standings for James Toseland. This is the primary objective for the tough English rider for the last three rounds of the season; going out to defend his overall second, starting off by aiming for two podium placings in Germany. The team also expects a good performance from Karl Muggeridge, who is looking for his first podium of the season. The Australian rider was unlucky in Assen race 1, when he slipped on the wet track while he was in fourth position, but fortunately there were no resultant injuries. On Sunday the Eurospeedway races will give him a chance to step up to at least one plateau of the German podiums.

    Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager;

    "The Race in Assen didn't go as we wished, also because of the weather conditions, which didn't allow us to work with any great continuity. What comforts me is that both Karl and James never gave up, especially James who picked himself up after a fall and a straight-on, which saw him on the grass. At the end of the races all of us weren't so happy, but I saw in my riders' eyes their desire for immediate revenge."

    James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;

    "The only positive thing to come out of Assen is that I took back second position in the world standing. I think this has become the main the objective of the season, because I think Bayliss is now a bit too far ahead; but I'll try my best as usual anyway. From Lausitz, it will be the start of start my defence of second position, while still trying to win as many race as possible."

    Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;

    "I can't deny that I want to just forget about the Assen weekend really soon. In particular I still have a bitter taste in my mouth about how race one went while I was in fourth position: I had a great feeling with the bike and I was sure I could have stepped on the podium. I'm happy we have the Lausitz race straight away and I can have another shot at stepping on the podium, something that for one or other reason I've missed out on so far."