Mugger steps up to world of superbikeso Motorcycling

JUST a day after finishing the World Supersport Championships, newly crowned champion Karl Muggeridge is already preparing for next year.

The Tweed-born Honda rider will step up to the Superbikes next year to team with Chris Vermeulen.

Muggeridge won the last round of the Supersports competition on Sunday night (Aust time) at Magny-Cours in France. The win, his seventh of the year, ended a dominant season for Muggeridge who took eight pole positions, won seven races and collected 207 points for the year to win by 72 points from Ten Kate Honda team mate Broc Parkes.

Honda also took the manufacturers title with 36 points ahead of Yamaha. Yesterday Muggeridge, who returns home to the Tweed in November, started to trial his Honda superbike in preparation for next season.

"Supersport is the perfect breeding ground for Superbike riders," he said.

"Winning the Championship was a longtime dream finally coming true.

"I'm very happy the way everything went this year."