KARL Muggeridge got off to a dismal start in Quatar last week but hopes a new bike will do the trick in the second round at Phi
KARL Muggeridge got off to a dismal start in Quatar last week but hopes a new bike will do the trick in the second round at Phi

Mugger on rebound



COOLANGATTA-based World Superbike star Karl Muggeridge is hoping a brand new bike will give him a new start to the season when he lines up for round two of the titles at Phillip Island this weekend.

"I think I have a good opportunity to score a podium finish (in Melbourne)," he said from Melbourne yesterday.

"We had a good winter test season."

Muggeridge is currently running ninth after an embarrassing start to the season in Quatar at the weekend.

The Ten Kate Honda rider had looked sensational in practice and was the second fastest qualifier going into the Superpole round - where he came unstuck.

"It was a very very strange crash," he said.

"I was on the same line I had been on in earlier laps and even going a bit slower.

"But the temperature seemed to drop during the race."

The drop in temperature affected the tyre grip and he was soon sliding along the road after parting company with his bike in the final corner. He soldiered on with the same bike on the Saturday but while Mugga was okay the bike seemed never to fully recover and he finished nineth and 12th. A new bike has been flown out for Phillip Island.



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