Chris Vermeulen continued his winning spree by taking race one of the tenth round of the Alstare Corona Extra Superbike World Championship at the Lausitz Eurospeedway in Germany.
The Winston Ten Kate rider managed to fend off the wild riding of Noriyuki Haga and his Yamaha Italia machine. The final place on the podium went to Troy Corser who had got the hole shot, but quickly dropped back after running wide on a couple of corners.
Vermeulen feels that the testing his team did here is July had stood them in good stead for his win. "The bike is working well, we tested here in July and I think it has given us an advantage over some people," he explained after his win. "The conditions have been very difficult so I'm glad they stopped the race."
Race one didn't run full distance, it ended three laps shy due to rain and the clerk of course took the decision to red flag it. As for race two, tyre choice will be paramount, as Vermeulen explains, "tyre choice will depend on what the weather decides to do. We've been testing all weekend in 35 degrees and now it is ten degrees cooler. It could rain or the sun could come out. We'll have to wait and see."
Noriyuki Haga admitted that he has struggled to find a comfortable setting all weekend, so when the bad weather kicked in this morning it left him in a difficult position of which settings to run with. "Honestly I try so many settings this weekend but not find good one for race," said the Japanese. "Warm up, it rained so I couldn't check. I'm happy with result, thank you to my team."
Haga had been all over the back of Vermeulen but was unable to make one of his crazy moves due to his tyre going off. "Last five laps the tyre was finished. I planed to catch up Chris on last lap but it started raining, so I couldn't catch him," concluded Haga.
Troy Corser also suffered from the changeable weather and tyre choice gamble. "We had two rears to choose from and one was more consistent, but we haven't ridden in these conditions," he explained. "I was on the grid and everyone else had a different rear to me so I decided to change and ended up with lots of chatter. I nearly crashed and really had to hang onto the bike."
Xerox Ducati's Lorenzo Lanzi had a big moment on the very first corner which made him run wide and rejoin the track further along. This was deemed to give him an advantage as he rejoined in third place, therefore he was hit with a ride through penalty. He managed to take the lead before ducking into pit lane for his punishment; he managed to finish the race in eighth place.
The Petronas team had another mixed day, with Garry McCoy coming home in eleventh and Steve Martin pulling out with a technical concern. He pulled in on lap five apparently with a clutch concern, which the team are looking into. They made some adjustments to the bike and he went back out on track to try it out.
The race was full of drama from the outset, with Cruciani holding up the start when his bike stopped running on the grid.
WSBK results race one – Lausitzring: