Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vermeulen Pulls off a Dutch Double

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vermeulen Pulls off a Dutch Double

Article excerpt

Australian Chris Vermeulen won both races of the Dutch round of the World Superbike Championship as Britain's James Toseland twice finished on the podium.

Vermeulen left all in his wake in race one but had to work harder in the second, the Winston Ten Kate Honda rider winning an epic battle with Yamaha Motor France rider Noriyuki Haga.

Vermeulen needed to win to stay in championship contention with fellow Australian Troy Corser, who settled for points in both races on the Alstare Corona Suzuki.

After making an early break in race one Vermeulen kept the pack at a safe distance and was able to take it easy in the closing stages.

It was a lot less comfortable for Ducati Xerox rider Toseland however, who had to fight off the attentions of Haga before securing second.

Haga reversed the grid position over championship leader Troy Corser as the Australian looked content to protect his series lead with fourth. Andrew Pitt made it three Australians in the top five on the Motor Italia Yamaha and Corser's Japanese team-mate Yukio Kagayama rounded out the top six. …

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