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WSSItalyMay 16, 2004
World Supersport Championship 2004 - Round 4

Muggeridge Wins at Monza with Parkes Second

For the second Supersport race weekend in succession Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) outpaced the opposition, recording a clear 5.760 second margin of victory. The 16-lap Supersport race started badly for him as he went too easy on his clutch and he dropped to 11th place at the end of lap one. It took him only four laps to get to the lead and once there he rode almost unopposed by anything but the hot and cloying Monza air.

In third place in the original classification, Muggeridge's team-mate Broc Parkes had his first podium finish of the year, again after a less than sparkling start from the second row. His fight the top deck of the results had moments of incident, and the points he earned made big changes for him in the championship table.

The early leader, Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) was black flagged for a jump-start and had to enter the pits to receive his time penalty. Restarting in eighth, he fought hard to finish fifth overall, desperately disappointed at yet more misfortune after an excellent qualifying performance in second.

In a race with much legislative input, original second place finisher Fabien Foret (Yamaha) was excluded from the results for a technical infraction, promoting Parkes from third to second for a Ten Kate 1-2. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Suzuki) was also excluded from his original sixth place.

Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) originally equalled his rookie season best of eighth, after a multi-rider slipstreaming war throughout the latter parts of the race. The young German gave his best and he was further rewarded with a sixth place finish after the exclusion of Foret and Iannuzzo.

The Team Italia Megabike Honda riders experienced different results in their home race. A clash with Parkes ended Alessio Corradi's race on the third lap, while Denis Sacchetti scored four points for his 12th."

Muggeridge, aware of some bad luck at Monza before, explained his startline drama. "I'm happy with that. I had the worst start in motorcycle racing history. I lust flaked it off the line. The last couple of times I had clutch problems so this time I wasn't going there at all. I wasn't too concerned as long as I could get through the first chicane cleanly. We had a pretty good pace and I knew that would help me work my way through. It was an excellent result for our championship hopes."

Parkes was delighted to finish third after some cruel luck this year. "It was awesome to get on the podium. After the disappointment of Misano I trained a lot to make sure I could run with all the boys. My bike was pretty fast and that helped. Now we go to Oschersleben, which is one of my favourite circuits."

A bitter sweet race for Charpentier ended with the Frenchman almost speechless at his continuing misfortune, even if he did eventually finish fourth, earning invaluable championship points. "I just cannot believe or luck this year. I felt really good riding at the front so it is a very big disappointment to me to get black flagged."

Neukirchner, after another assured qualifying, said of his fall, "I was very happy to finish eighth because when I spoke before the race I said I would be happy to have a top 15 in my first race here. It was a very big fight all through the race! This equals my best previous result of eighth and I didn't really expect that. Then when the other riders were excluded, it made me sixth."

Corradi, bitterly disappointed at the circumstances surrounding a crash in his home race, said. "When I went into the Roggia section I cut the chicane. I looked back to make sure I did not pass Foret, because the rules forbid it. When he passed me I was hit by Parkes. I am not really injured but I'm very disappointed."

Sacchetti, who worked hard in the heat, said "I came here hoping to get into the top 15 so I am satisfied with finishing 14th over the line." he continued, "It was a hard weekend for me and we made a big improvement from qualifying. I managed to get away with a group and that was important, so that I could work my way forward."

In the Championship itself, van den Goorbergh still leads on 73 points, but Muggeridge jumped to second with 62. Parkes sits fifth overall, with 29 points.

Supersport Championship 2004, Round 4

1 K. MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)
2 B. PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)
3 J. VD GOORBERGH (Yamaha Italia)
4 S. CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)
5 C. KELLNER (Yamaha Motor Deutschland)
6 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Klaffi Honda)
10 J. HANSON (Kobutex Honda)
12 D. SACCHETTI (Italia Megabike)
13 D. GIUGOVAZ (Velox Team)
14 R. VAN STEENBERGEN (Kobutex Honda)


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