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WSSU.K.June 13, 2004
World Supersport Championship 2004 - Round 6

Muggeridge and Parkes Charge to Silverstone Podium

Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) could not quite make it four wins in four starts but in finishing second behind Fabien Foret (Yamaha) at Silverstone he was a tantalising small 0.043 seconds from victory. He also advanced his lead in the Championship itself to 15 points, as his number one rival Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha) could only finish sixth. Pole position winner Muggeridge's team-mate Broc Parkes was a close third in the race, and maintained his championship position of third in the process.

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

For other Honda riders Silverstone proved to be a tough test, the fast speeds and high track temperatures favoring the more experienced riders, who had opted for the correct tyre and set-up choices in the hot conditions.

Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) was eighth, disappointed at his race finish after some high points in qualifying. Some ten seconds behind Charpentier Alessio Corradi (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) was ninth, winning a fight with another Honda rider, Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) who was enjoying his first taste of WSS action at the UK's Formula One circuit. He finished 11th. Denis Sacchetti just missed out on securing a point, ending his Silverstone race 16th.

In the last race before a seven-week break in the Supersport calendar Muggeridge had many reasons to be cheerful. "I gave it my best shot but Fabien just rode a bit better than me today," he stated. "It was a good solid race and I just might have got him at the end - but he was harder than me and seemed to be on a better line, so it wasn't to be. I think we all had the similar experience of the rear spinning up because of the temperatures."

Parkes was rewarded with yet another podium finish, his third in a row. "I bogged it down at the start, which is quite unusual as I normally get good starts," said Parkes. "I was back in about tenth and it took me some time to get through. I felt today that I was faster than anyone, but the problem was passing. I wasn't as fast through the back section onto the straight. At the end of the race it came down to whoever wanted to put their body on the line, but neither Karl nor Fabien tripped themselves up, so I couldn't get past. I'm just happy to be here on the podium again."

Charpentier could simply not get to his usual pace with the leading riders, which left him puzzled. "I'm not sure what happened but it just wasn't my day," he stated. "The bike and everything seems fine but I could not quite go at the pace of the leaders."

Neukirchner, once more learning a new circuit and then racing on it said, "Silverstone has proved to be a very hard track for me. I think I rode quite well and was involved in a fight to the very end. It was difficult for me in qualifying but we made some good ground in the race and I am still well inside the top 15 in the race and top ten in the World Championship. In my first year I am quite happy with that."

Corradi was unhappy with his weekend performance, and is still finding set-up issues on his machine. "I did not make a good start and I tried to cancel the gap in the first few laps. I think there are only two reasons why we are not in with the leaders. Either I am not a fast rider, or we cannot find a good set-up for the bike."

Sacchetti was disappointed with his 16th place, "I had some traction problems with the tyres and the rear tyre was affected after four laps. I had the difficulty for the whole race but I tried hard."

B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)

B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)

Supersport Championship 2004, Round 6

1 F.FORET (Yamaha Italia)
2 K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)
3 B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)
4 L.LANZI (Ducati Breil)
5 K.CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Deutschland)
6 J. VD GOORBERGH (Yamaha Italia)
7 P.RIBA (MSS Discovery)
8 S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)
9 A.CORRADI (Italia Megabike)
10 S.CHAMBON (Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra)
11 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Klaffi Honda)
12 C.JONES (Valmoto Triumph)
13 M.BAIOCCO (Lorenzini by Leoni)
14 S.LE GRELLE (LeGrelle Dholda Moto P.)
15 M.LAGRIVE (Moto 1)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)


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