2004 WSB Silverstone Results

June 14, 2004
By MotorcycleUSA Staff
Chris Vermeulen
Chris Vermeulen took a second in the first race and scored his first win of the year in race 2.

Renegade Ducati’s Noriyuki Haga and Ten Kate Honda’s Chris Vermeulen scored victories in front of 68,000 fans at the World Superbike doubleheader in Great Britain on Sunday. Haga pulled off a close win in race one just beating Vermuelen to the line, and in race two the roles were reversed with Vermuelen besting Haga.

In the first contest it was a close race between the two contenders with Haga coming out top, followed by Vermeulen. The final podium position went to PSG-1 Corse’s Frankie Chili.

Xerox Ducati’s Garry McCoy finished fourth in race one, while Leon Haslam, Steve Martin, and Troy Corser followed further behind.

The second race was only close up front as Vermeulen and Haga fought hard for the win. Haga eventually settled for second place with Ducati Fila’s Regis Laconi filling out the podium in third, six seconds back. Renegade Ducati’s Leon Haslam and James Toseland rounded out the top five.

“I made a small mistake in race one and that was enough to give Nori the chance to pass me and take the win,” explained race two winner, Chris Vermeulen. “I wasn’t going to make the same mistake in race two. Whatever happened I wasn’t going to let this one go. On the last lap I just made sure I blocked on the corners and kept my pace high. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Even though he didn’t win a race this weekend, Regis Laconi leapfrogged James Toseland for the series points lead. The Frenchman holds a three-point edge over his British rival, 171 to 168. Nori Haga is in third with 139 points, and Vermeulen sits fourth with 137.

“I’m happy to be on the podium for sure but today it was very hard to follow Chris and Nori”, declared Regis Laconi. ” I didn’t have a good feeling all weekend with the front tire, we basically didn’t find the right setting but I tried my best in the second race; I tried to catch them for almost two thirds but in the end my front tire was completely finished so I settled for third. In the first race I crashed at the chicane at slow speed, again without really understanding why, so I decided that third place was good enough for me and the championship.”

Superbike Race 1:
1. Nori Haga (Ducati)
2. Chris Vermeulen (Honda)
3. Frankie Chili (Ducati)
4. Garry McCoy (Ducati)
5. Leon Haslam (Ducati)
6. Steve Martin (Ducati)
7. Troy Corser (Petronas)
8. Marco Borciani (Ducati)
9. Piergiorgio Bontempi (Suzuki)
10. Ivan Clementi (Kawasaki)

Superbike Race 2:
1. Chris Vermeulen (Honda)
2. Nori Haga (Ducati)
3. Regis Laconi (Ducati)
4. Leon Haslam (Ducati)
5. James Toseland (Ducati)
6. Steve Martin (Ducati)
7. James Ellison (Yamaha)
8. Garry McCoy (Ducati)
9. Troy Corser (Petronas)
10. Ivan Clementi (Kawaski)

World Superbike Standings:
1. Regis Laconi (Ducati), 171
2. James Toseland (Ducati), 168
3. Nori Haga (Ducati), 139
4. Chris Vermeulen (Honda), 137
5. Frankie Chili (Ducati), 129
6. Garry McCoy (Ducati), 128
7. Leon Haslam (Ducati), 113
8. Troy Corser (Petronas), 95
9. Steve Martin (Ducati), 93
10. Chris Walker (Petronas), 82