Muggeridge wins in round four
TWEED Heads speed demon Karl Muggeridge remains atop the IDM Superbike Championship after another race win at Sachsenring in round four on Sunday.
The former World Supersport champion struck again and secured pole position with his Holzhauer Honda CBR1000RR for the second time this season.
BMW rider Barry Veneman got away best from second on the grid but out-braked himself into the first corner and “Muggas” was able to squeeze through and take the lead.
In a tight first race, Muggeridge was pushed all the way by a lead group of nine but none was able to pass the championship leader.
Werner Daemen, who set a new lap record in the last third of the race, came close in second with Stefan Nebel third.
“The first race was good,” Muggeridge said.
“I just had to ride a smart race and control it a little bit.
“At the end of the race, I had to give the maximum to take the win but I knew that was going to be ok for a few laps.”
But Muggeridge’s fortunes were short-lived in race two.
The pole-setter was leading the field in the first lap but was passed by Barry Veneman on the second.
Muggas continued to battle for the lead and at times looked to have Veneman’s number until Jorg Teuchert crashed the party and sent the Australian hurtling through the air.
Teuchert tried to pass Muggeridge on the inside down the hill and took him with him when he lost the front.
The 36-year-old was sent to a medical centre but was released again after a short check.
Further investigations confirmed he sustained no serious injuries and should be fit again by the next round.
Martin Bauer eventually took the lead and was able to secure his second win of the season ahead of Dario Giuseppetti and Daemen.
“We started well and I got a good start,” Muggas said.
“I think Veneman thought it was a qualifying session as he was just thinking lap by lap and kept bashing into me.
“Then a little bit later Teuchert passed me down the hill and lost the front when he tried to get past me on the inside and scooped me up.
“I got high-sided off and thrown all the way down the gravel where I slept for a couple of minutes – that was my day.
“It’s really not the way to race and it’s not necessary to make such a desperate move on the fourth lap of a 21-lap race.”
Regardless, Muggeridge remains comfortably in front in the overall series lead, tallying 148 points to Bauer’s 112 and Daemen’s 109.
Round five is in Salzburgring, Austria, on July 4.