By Tania Phillips & AAP
TWEED Superbike rider Karl Muggeridge had little reason to celebrate after failing to finish both races at the Australian round of the World Superbike Championship yesterday.
Muggeridge bowed out in lap seven of the first race of the day at Phillip Island but he recovered to start the second only to be hit by Ducati rider Lorenzo Lanzi.
The Ten Kate Honda racer was lapping in sixth place before he was collected by the Italian mid-way through the race.
Defending champion Troy Corser also had his hopes of victory dashed in the second event.
Corser won the first race but came unstuck in the second, losing control on the fourth lap before being struck by a following bike while lying on the track.
The Australian was able to scramble off the track after he was slammed in the back by the Honda of Brazilian Alex Barros but amazingly suffered no serious injury.
Muggeridge has endured a disappointing start to the season.
He looked impressive during practice in the opening round at Qatar last month but after crashing in the Superpole round could only finish ninth and 12th in the two races.
Muggeridge will now head home to the Tweed for a quick two-day visit before heading back to his European base in Zurich and his wife and new-born son. Ryan Luca Muggeridge was born a week and a half ago and Muggeridge is yet to meet him.