Muggas burns rubber for lead
TWEED Heads’ Karl “Muggas” Muggeridge left the rest of the IDM Superbike riders the pleasant aroma of his rubber after burning up the Nürburgring circuit last week.
Taking his second double victory for the Holzhauer Racing Promotion Honda team in just three rounds of his debut German campaign, Muggas extended his lead on the championship to 36 points.
“I’m pretty happy with our results today. The bike worked really good,” Muggas said.
Having qualified in second, the 36-year-old started on the front row and had both races under control from beginning to end, with no doubts of his triumph.
In the first, Muggas had a solid start and took the lead straight away.
Jorg Teuchert and Werger Daemen were able to keep up with Muggas and on the second lap Daemen was able to pass Teuchert thanks to the BMW’s top speed.
Teuchert tried to hang with Daemen but on lap nine the race was over for him when he crashed in the chicane on to the start-finish straight.
Despite his inferior top speed, Muggas’ riding skills kept the BMW at bay until the race was cut short by three laps because of rain.
Third position went to KTM rider Stefan Nebel.
“It was still a bit cold on the track so we changed the bike setting a little bit to help tyre durability,” Muggas said.
“While it probably wasn’t the right thing to do, it worked okay.
“With about five laps to go, it started to sprinkle and the rain got heavier every lap but they didn’t seem want to stop the race, until they finally did on lap 18.
“On our in-lap, it was pouring down and we nearly didn’t make it back.”
The second leg had to be restarted after a crash in turn one that involved most riders.
After the restart, Muggas passed the start-finish straight after lap one in first position with a gap of 1.4 seconds to the next rider which he increased very quickly to two seconds.
Pole-setter Daemen got a terrible start and had to fight his way back from 10th and at the end was able to take second place in front of his team-mate Barry Veneman.
“I was spewing first when the race got red flagged after one lap, as I had a good start again and not one of my competitors was behind me,” Muggas said.
“We had very windy conditions and it was hard to push my own wind, but I managed to keep the gap.”
Muggas leads the championship on 123 points from to Martin Bauer (87) and Veneman (81).