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WSSEUAugust 1, 2004
World Supersport Championship 2004 - Round 7
Brands Hatch Race Results

Muggeridge Wins Fourth Race and Extends Championship Lead

A two part World Supersport event at Brands Hatch, after the race was red flagged due to an injured rider lying on the track, went to Ten Kate Honda rider Karl Muggeridge; a fourth race win of the year to add to his sixth pole position in qualifying. The Aussie extended his championship lead after a magnificent last lap charge to the front, displacing long term race leader Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR), who finished second. Muggeridge's win puts Honda within a single point of the Manufacturers' Championship lead.

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

Muggeridge's team mate Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was in fine form himself, despite a poor start in the first leg, but he was unfortunate enough to get mixed up in a lap ten crash involving Yamaha riders Fabien Foret and Kevin Curtain, despite not falling in the melee created when Foret ran off the track. Foret broke his right leg and left ankle in the horrific accident, which brought out the red flags as he lay on the track. The second Ten Kate Aussie was unfortunate to miss out on third place, which went to Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha) by only five thousandths of a second.

Alessio Corradi led a three-rider Team Italia Megabike challenge, and finished sixth despite an eventful race. His team-mates Anthony West, having a one off ride, and regular Denis Sacchetti finished ninth and 18th respectively. All the supported Honda riders finished the tough 25-lap,two-part race as Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) came home in 11th on his first visit to Brands Hatch.

For Muggeridge, a win at Brands seemed unlikely for most of the 25 laps. "I didn't think I was going to win that race. I was sort of struggling through the first leg and I just couldn't quite get the same pace as Sebastien. It was the same in race two but I realized that I had to give it a go if I had the opportunity. I just hung it out there on the last lap and it paid off. I wasn't quite sure if I had won because of the aggregate time and I only realized when I came into pitlane and my team guys were standing at the number one spot under the podium!"

Charpentier was disappointed not to win given his lead on every lap bar one; "It was so close to being a win. I'm happy to score 20 points but I knew that if I kept Karl behind me, even a little bit in the second leg, I would win. When he came past I could not stay right with him after I had a little moment with the bike. But it was so, so close to a win."

For Parkes the race was tough in many respects. " I don't like this racetrack much so I'm happy to finish the race. I'm gutted big time to miss out on the podium finish. I also missed out on the fastest lap by about the same. After all that, I'm happy going into the last few tracks now as they are all ones I like."

Corradi was in sparkling form almost throughout all parts of the race, "Especially the second leg was a good one for me. In race one the bike spun up the rear tyre and I was out of the seat. It was so violent that the CDI unit got dislodged, started to misfire and then the other riders went away.In the second part I did not have such a good feeling from the front to start but then the tyre came in and I could make the same lap times as the riders ahead. Sixth is OK in these circumstances."

For WSS inductee West it was a successful first day in a new category of racing, "It was a bit of fun. In the first race I felt better and thought I was stronger than the two guys in front of me, could have passed them but they stopped the race. In race two I missed a gear on lap one and the Ducati rider got past me and held me up a lot. That factory bike is so quick and he brakes really late. Supersport was new experience, something different."

It was an unremittingly challenging first Brands Hatch World Supersport race for Max Neukirchner. "In the first leg a rider crashed in front of me and that put me down the order, after I almost lost control of the bike avoiding him. I lost a lot of ground. I am not really happy to have finished 11th but for my first time here I suppose it is not too bad."

Sacchetti experienced some woes in his latest race of his rookie WSS season: "I did not start so well and I had a problem with the clutch. Afterwards when I got my rhythm and I met Cruciani on the Kawasaki and I got held up behind him. The riders in front had got away and that was the end."

After the dust settled at Brands Hatch, Muggeridge left the race with a 24-point advantage over van Den Goorbergh, 132 to 108, with Parkes still a strong third with 82 points. Charpentier moves to within one point of Curtain, on 69 points.

S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)

B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)

Supersport Championship 2004, Round 7
Brands Hatch Race Results

1 K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)
2 S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)
3 J. VD GOORBERGH (Yamaha Italia)
4 B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)
5 K.CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Deutschland)
6 A.CORRADI (Italia Megabike)
7 K.FUJIWARA (Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra)
8 S.CHAMBON (Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra)
9 A.WEST (Italia Megabike)
10 L.LANZI (Ducati Breil)
11 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Klaffi Honda)
12 L.QUIGLEY (Buildbase Knotts Racing)
13 T.TUNSTALL (Vitrans)
14 W.TORTOROGLIO (Celani - Suzuki Italia)
15 M.LAGRIVE (Moto 1)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)


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