Doha, Qatar
Round 1

 
Track Name Circuit Statistics
1st Qualifying: 23.02.2006
2nd Qual. & Superpole: 24.02.2006
Racing: 25.02.2006
Circuit Length: 5380 meters
2005 Pole Position: R. Laconi 2'01.593
2005 Best Lap R 1: Y.Kagayama 2'02.135
2005 Best Lap R 2: S. Gimbert 2'01.852
2005 Winner  Race 1: T. Corser
2005 Winner Race 2: Y. Kagayama
2005 Spectators: unknown
Race Record: N. Haga 2.00.061
Superpole  Record: R. Laconi 2'01.593
Best Lap: T. Bayliss 1'59.696
2006 Pole Position: T. Bayliss 1'59.696
2006 Best Lap R 1: L. Lanzi 2.00.449
2006 Best Lap R 2: N. Haga 2.00.061
2006 Winner Race 1: J. Toseland
2006 Winner Race 2: T. Corser
2006 Spectators: unknown

 

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Thursday, 23rd February 2006 - 1st Qualifying
Weather: overcast, 21C
Track: wet, 20 C 

TRACK CONDITIONS DECIDE ALL IN FIRST 2006 SEASON QUALIFYING SESSION

 

 

With the heavy rains that characterised most of the opening day of track action at Losail stopping before the end of the first timed Superbike session, Winston Ten Kate Honda rider Karl Muggeridge had to work hard to try and get into contention. With wet weather settings in place at the start of the one-hour timed session, but a drying line appearing slowly, the riders had no opportunity to adjust their machines to match the new conditions. Muggas is aware that today's results may count for little, with the advent of better weather expected in the final qualifying and Superpole sessions on Friday.

 

Muggeridge opted not to take part in the morning session, held in fully wet conditions, but on the drying track in the afternoon Muggeridge was 13th fastest. An indication of the prevalent track conditions comes from the fact that fastest rider Troy Bayliss was still some 16 seconds from the previous track best.

 

Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager

 

"Today did not work out the way we wanted. The boys went out in timed qualifying but did not feel too comfortable on the bikes. We adjusted their bikes to make softer settings and then a dry line started to appear, so the adjustments proved to be the wrong way. Towards the end they could not improve their lap times, as the bikes were set-up for a wet track. Tomorrow will be dry and we will be moving up quite a bit then."

 

Karl Muggeridge - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider

(13th - 2'21.152)

 

"Not the best start but the good thing is we tried something we had never tried before in the wet. In the beginning it was not too bad, but in the end, when the track dried out, the feeling was terrible. By that stage, we had no time left to change. So we crossed paths, but we know how to improve in the dry tomorrow. I am not too bothered about today, the bike is running well and we are looking to tomorrow. No drama."

 

 

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Thursdsay qualifying results
# Name Team Time
1 T. Bayliss Ducati Xerox 2'17.326
2 R. Laconi PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 2'19.064
3 T. Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 2'19.614
4 C. Walker PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 2'19.684
5 S. Gimbert Yamaha Motor France 2'19.687
6 A. Barros Klaffi Honda 2'19.834
7 A. Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB 2'19.991
8 N. Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB 2'20.164
9 F. Battaini Kawasaki Bertocchi 2'20.200
10 F. Nieto PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 2'20.469
 
Friday 24th February 2006 -  2nd Qualifying & Superpole
Weather:
Track:

MUGGERIDGE FALLS IN SUPERPOLE AFTER BEING FASTEST IN 1ST SPLIT

 

 

A day of mixed fortunes for the Winston Ten Kate Honda Superbike rider Karl Muggeridge falling in his Superpole lap after qualifying second fastest in regulation.

 

Until his misfortune in Superpole Karl Muggeridge had been a candidate for rider of the day, scoring second in regulation qualifying, and dipping under the two-minute lap barrier on race tyres in the final free practice session, which took place just before the Superpole contest itself. Muggeridge was to fall entering a complex of right hand corners carrying a little too much corner speed, running out of road on the first corner exit as he tried to score his first career Superpole win. In the first sector of the Superpole lap Karl was almost half of second ahead.

 

Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager

 

"We were looking in good shape for Superpole. We all could see how Karl's lap was; unfortunately he didn't take it to the finish. We can also all see that Karl has already made a big step from last year to this year. The majority of people know what our ambitions are for 2006 now, which are clearly to run with the front guys."

 

 

Karl Muggeridge - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider

(8th position - No Superpole Lap Recorded)

 

"It cools down in the afternoon here and during Superpole it had become quite cool. We opted to put a slightly harder front tyre in but that was decided a couple of hours before. My last thought when I left the garage was, 'should have gone for a softer one.' I pushed and pushed but I was a little hot into the corner. It was the first of a group of three rights, and it's fourth gear there, so it was a pretty fast crash. I tried to save it but I ran out of track. It could have been worse because my fast lap in regular qualifying was second fastest of all and that means I only drop down to start form the second row."

 

 


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Friday qualifying results
# Name Team Time
1 T. Bayliss Ducati Xerox 2'00.639
2 K. Muggeridge Winston Ten Kate Honda 2'00.745
3 A. Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB 2'00.818
4 T. Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona 2'01.008
5 N. Haga Yamaha Motor Italis WSB 2'01.314
6 L. Lanzi Ducati Xerox 2'01.369
7 Y. Kagayama Alstare Suzuki Corona 2'01.579
8 S. Martin Foggy Petronas Racing 2'01.613
9 J. Toseland Winston Ten Kate Honda 2'01.692
10 P. Chili DFX Treme 2'01.781

 

Friday SuperPole results

# Name Team Time
1 T. Bayliss Ducati Xerox 1'59.696
2 L. Lanzi Ducati Xerox 2'00.028
3 A. Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB 2'00.110
4 J. Toseland Winston Ten Kate Honda 2'00.112
5 T. Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona 2'00.206
6 N. Haga Yamaha Motor Italis WSB 2'00.613
7 Y. Kagayama Alstare Suzuki Corona 2'00.895
8 K. Muggeridge Winston Ten Kate Honda 2'00.745
9 S. Martin Foggy Petronas Racing 2'00.940
10 A. Barros Klaffi Honda 2'00.960
       

 

 
Saturday 25th February 2006 - Race Results
Weather: 30C
Track: 40C

12TH AND 9TH FOR MUGGAS AFTER ROUND ONE IN QATAR

 

 

After some outstanding performances in qualifying, Karl Muggeridge (Winston ten Kate Honda) could only take a 12th and ninth place finishes, after his number one machine did not respond as expected in race conditions. Residual damage from a crash in Superpole was deemed the likely cause, and Muggeridge now sits overall ninth in the championship.

 

Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager

 

"That was a bit of misfortune for Karl, who showed good pace earlier in the weekend. He got into trouble with his number one bike. There has been some damage after he crashed on yesterday, but something we cannot see. For Phillip Island we will change the chassis and everything else to make sure everything is OK. If he did not have that difficulty I'm sure he would have had a couple of good top five finishes."

 

 

Karl Muggeridge - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider

(Race 1: 12th position - Race 2: 9th position - WSBK Position: 9th with 11 points)

 

"It was no good really. I struggled from beginning to end. Something is wrong with the bike and we daren't change to the second, as we hadn't run that other one yet. So to say I am disappointed is an understatement. Every time I entered a corner, right or left, it was chattering, and I was so sideways. It has to be the bike, because James and I have such a similar race set-up, it's just not funny. "

 
 

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Results Race 1
# Name Team Time
1 J. Toseland Winston Ten Kate Honda 36'31.339
2 T. Bayliss Ducati Xerox +0.088
3 A. Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia WSB +2.390
4 T. Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra +2.599
5 M. Fabrizio DFX Treme +6.999
6 A. Barros Klaffi Honda +14.717
7 R. Rolfo Ducati SC Caracchi +15.224
8 P. Chili DFX Treme +21.183
9 M. Borciani Sterilgarda Berik +22.450
10 M. Neukirchner Team Pedercini +23.932
12 K. Muggeridge Winston Ten Kate Honda +25.643

 

Results Race 2

# Name Team Time
1 T. Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona 36'20.395
2 T. Bayliss Ducati Xerox +1.025
3 N. Haga Yamaha Motor Italia +3.462
4 J. Toseland Winston Ten Kate Honda +3.463
5 A. Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia +4.350
6 L. Lanzi Ducati Xerox +19.610
7 A. Barros Klaffi Honda +20.548
8 M. Fabrizio DFX Treme +21.183
9 K. Muggeridge Winston Ten Kate Honda +23.198
10 R. Xaus Sterilgarda Berik +26.533

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Championship Standings after Round 1 of 13
# Name Team Points
1 T. Bayliss Ducati Xerox 40
2 T. Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona 38
3 J. Toseland Winston TK Honda 38
4 A. Pitt Yamaha Motor Italia 27
5 M. Fabrizio DFX Treme Honda 19
6 A. Barros Klaffi Honda 19
7 N. Haga Yamaha Motor Italia 16
8 R. Rolfo Ducati S.C. Caracchi 12
9 K. Muggeridge Winston TK Honda 11
10 L. Lanzi Ducati Xeros 10
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