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WSSAssen Race ReportSeptember 5, 2004
World Supersport Championship 2004 - Round 8
Assen Race Report

Muggeridge Takes Fifth Win in Commanding Style

Karl Muggeridge called on every bit of experience and all his Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR’s speed to hold off a quality field of Supersport entrants at hot and sunny Assen circuit, in front of a large and enthusiastic Dutch crowd of 76,000.

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

His fifth win of the year came after a peerless display of front running, with both regular riders and wildcards not quite able to match his pace throughout. Controlling things from the front, Muggeridge rode perfectly in the final corners and eventually won by a small but safe margin of 0.157 seconds, from fast Klaffi Honda rider Sebastien Charpentier, with wild card Yamaha rider Andrew Pitt in a distant third.

An imperfect set-up and high tarmac temperatures put Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) in fourth position, seven seconds from the leading pace. Swede Jan Hanson took his private Honda CBR600RR to a fine sixth while regular Klaffi Honda Team rider Max Neukirchner once more belied his age and limited Supersport experience to fight his way through to seventh.

With Alessio Corradi out of the race, thanks to a broken wrist sustained in a Saturday qualifying crash on oil, Denis Sacchetti was the lone Team Italia Megabike Honda rider in residence, and he took 17th place, just out of the points.

For Muggeridge, who extended his championship lead to 38 points as his main rival Jurgen van den Goorbergh, could only finish fifth, Assen was an important race. “There were a lot of guests of the team here this weekend, which added a little something to it all. I was happy just to win the race and make my team happy. Maybe I’ll get a job for next year! I’m going to keep pushing until the end, even though our points position is pretty good now. Charpentier is always there but on the day we’ll see who can win the next races. Today Sebastien and the rest did not give me any breaks. I was desperate for them to slow down a bit and give me a break but they kept pushing all the way, With the temperature being so high it was very slippery out there. This morning we could set better times in the lower temperatures.”

Charpentier’s race was a tough one, although he did not give up the fight until the chequered flag was unfurled. “It is very hard to pass Karl. He is a very experienced rider, he and his team have many wins and it is still only the third year of existence for our team. I pushed Karl as much as I could but it was not possible to pass him. He was riding at a very high speed and always had good lines in the corners. I feel good for the next races, so we will try our best there. We also have a good position in the championship now.” Charpentier is fourth in the title fight.

Parkes was disappointed to be only fourth after such hard work in hot conditions, but gave it his all and is third in the championship. “I just couldn’t stay on the back of the main group and that was the problem. I lost the front a few times when I was trying to stick with them, but I tried as much as I could but couldn’t catch them again. I think it was the bike set-up so I have to do that a little bit better.”

Rookie Neukirchner, rode with the exuberance of youth but finished his race with a cool head to conquer the overheated asphalt. “It was a very tough race for me today, because I had some big slides from the rear as the race went on. I have experience of this track from my European championship days and that helped. I lost contact with the group at the front after I had a big front end slide and that stopped me running with them. I was pleased with seventh, in the circumstances it was a good result for us so I am satisfied.” He ended his weekend tenth in the title fight.

Sacchetti stated, “I started not so well and I ran the first laps of the race in the final positions of the group. After three laps I got a tow from the group in front of me and then I passed many riders. I'm not completely satisfied for the race: I know that if I start better I can to run for better positions. My target for this race was to take points for the championship. The target is missed and I'm not happy.”

World Superbike Championship – Round 9

The first of two Assen World Superbike races was taken by the works Ducati of James Toseland, the Briton enjoying his second race win of the year. He was followed home at 1.2 seconds distant by Superpole winner Pierfrancesco Chili (Ducati) and Regis Laconi (Ducati), with Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) fourth and Chris Vermeulen, on a Ten Kate prepared CBR1000RR Fireblade, fifth.

In the second race Vermeulen took a popular win for the Ten Kate squad, getting the better of a classic battle between himself and Toseland, with Haga a close and threatening third. Chili dropped to fourth and Laconi was fifth. In the championship Vermeulen remains second, now on 252 points, but Toseland is the new championship leader, with 255. Fourteen points separate the leading four riders.

The championship now moves to the penultimate round at Imola, on September 26.

S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)

B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)

Supersport Championship 2004, Round 8
Assen Race Report

1 K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)
2 S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)
3 A. PITT (Yamaha Italia)
4 B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)
5 J. VD GOORBERGH (Yamaha Italia)
6 J. HANSON (Kobutex Honda)
7 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Klaffi Honda)
8 A. VOS (Pajic-Kawasaki)
9 C. KELLNER (Yamaha Motor Deutschland)
10 B. VENEMAN (Team Suzuki Nederland)
11 K. ANDERSEN (Kawasaki Docshop Racing)
12 S. CRUCIANI (Kawasaki Bertocchi)
13 S. CHAMBON (Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra)
14 M.LAGRIVE (Moto 1)
15 M.BAIOCCO (Lorenzini by Leoni)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

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