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Suzuki and Chris Vermeulen have agreed terms for the next two years, which will see the rising Australian star race the Suzuki GSV-R in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Vermeulen joins Team SUZUKI MotoGP from a successful season in the World Superbike Championship riding for Ten Kate Honda, the 23-year old finishing the season in second place overall. He will ride the Suzuki GSV-R for the first time in the forthcoming Valencia test on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November.

Born in Brisbane in Australia, Vermeulen began racing dirt track bikes from the age of 12, before moving onto 250 and 600cc machines in the Australian Championship. In 2000 his talent was noticed by former Suzuki World Champion Barry Sheene, and the late Sheene persuaded Vermeulen to travel to Britain to race. A year in the British Supersport and Superstock championships followed and Vermeulen scored his first Supersport win at Donington Park, accompanied by five wins in the Superstock championship.

For the 2001 season Vermeulen moved onto the world stage with a ride in World Supersport and in 2003 raced to the title in only his third season in this very competitive championship. Vermeulen then made the progression into Superbikes in 2004, developing his machine into a serious contender and notching up four victories.

Vermeulen has already shown, at a young age, his talent to develop a racing motorcycle and his hunger for victory. It is these attributes, coupled with his natural racing talent, which have persuaded Suzuki to offer him the position recently vacated by ex World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr as team-mate to John Hopkins.

Chris Vermeulen:
“I’m so excited about the prospects for next year. It’s obviously going to be a difficult season to begin with - there are a lot of new tracks to learn, a new bike and a new team, but I know I am up for the challenge.

“I’ve known Paul Denning since I came to England in the year 2000 and I’m really looking forward to working with him as well as the whole team. I’ll try to take that step up to fill the shoes of Suzuki World Champions like Barry Sheene - Barry was the guy that gave me my first chance - Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Junior. These are all guys that I really respect

“I’m also looking forward to working with Bridgestone as well as Suzuki. It’s another new tyre manufacturer for me. I’ve never ridden on them before, but I’ve heard and seen a lot of good things and hopefully we can do well together.

“I want to thank Suzuki for giving me this chance in MotoGP and for trusting in my ability. Suzuki has been very honest about the current position, and about its future plans. I am very happy to be part of those plans and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure Suzuki’s faith in me is repaid.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“Suzuki is delighted to have secured the services of Chris. He is one of the rising stars of motorcycle racing and will undoubtedly inject some new life into Team SUZUKI MotoGP. He has already shown his hunger for success and his ability to learn new situations very quickly.

“He is joining the team after a very successful year in World Superbikes where he pushed the eventual World Champion - Suzuki’s Troy Corser - all the way. Neither Chris nor Suzuki is under any illusions at the size of our MotoGP task ahead, but we are all confident that Chris is the right choice for the future. We are very grateful to the Ten Kate team for releasing Chris early from his contract, this will enable him to get to know his new crew and ride the GSV-R at Valencia.

“It has been helpful that Chris had the opportunity to ride in MotoGP at the end of this season, but Suzuki’s enthusiasm to sign him was established well before this chance came up. His mature performances in these races have only served to justify that enthusiasm!

“On a personal basis, I first met Chris as a fresh-faced 17-year old when he came over to England with Barry Sheene. He quickly established himself as a tough competitor on the track, but a very likeable young man off it. I have watched his career progress and know that now is the right time for him to make the switch to MotoGP and show the true talent and potential that he possesses.

“Suzuki’s rider line-up of John and Chris is young, aggressive, exciting and shows faith in the future. We all have a lot of work to do – now let’s get to it!”
 

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Well if he's going to shine it may as well be on a crap bike.
Good luck to the boy:D
 

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If he can finish top 10 on that POS they should give him the trophy...

Imagine hopping off the Honda at the end of this year and throwing a leg over that!!! Also have my doubts that he'd be any better at setting the thing up - have to think Kenny and Johnny have given it a fair go by now, without a single result unless it's been pissing down :confused:
 

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Yeah ...better practise your rain dancing GD.......
as expected i'm stickin with last and this years choice for next year. Damn i wish he wasn't a yank. But i'm over it. My boy NH is going to go for it next season...Can;t wait.
 

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I thinbk Chris will probably thinking to himself "What the fark have I done?" before getting to the end of Pitlane on his first outing on the thing...


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I thinbk Chris will probably thinking to himself "What the fark have I done?" before getting to the end of Pitlane on his first outing on the thing...
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Thats if he makes it to end of pit lane on that tractor:eek:
 

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Stone the crows!!

I can't see this happening, but if it does I'm jumping off Chris and onto Casey to show your boy Nicky how it's done BP..... :cool:

Only thing is whether 58kgs will be enough, still better than Danny boys 47!!!



TEENAGE motorcycle racer Casey Stoner could be the second Australian to join the MotoGP series next season, but on a Honda rather than the much-talked-about Yamaha.

Stoner, who clinched second place in the world 250cc championship with a third placing in the final round at Valencia at the weekend, is on standby for tomorrow's post-season MotoGP tests at the same circuit.

Sources at Valencia at the weekend said a deal between Stoner and the Sito Pons Honda team was agreed to in principle although there are sponsorship considerations involved, especially with the under-performing Max Biaggi, who Stoner could replace, apparently having close ties with the team's major sponsor, Camel.

Stoner was mentioned in relation to a Yamaha MotoGP ride next year, but the Honda negotiations appear to have progressed further.

The surprise signing of fellow-Australian and former Honda stalwart Chris Vermeulen last week for Suzuki's MotoGP team has resolved one element of the volatile rider market, while at the weekend it was announced that Sete Gibenau of Spain would leave Honda to join Loris Capirossi in the works Ducati team, replacing Carlos Checa.

Vermeulen, who rode the Pons Honda MotoGP bike in place of the injured Troy Bayliss at Phillip Island and in Turkey, is expected to have his first outing on the Suzuki in tomorrow's tests.
 

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But wait, theres more...

Chris Vermeulen will be one of the rookie of the premier class in 2006, having joined Team Suzuki MotoGP.

The young Australian got his Suzuki career underway at the test held this week at Valencia, riding for the first time the GSV-R V4 prototype.

Despite poor weather conditions on Wednesday, Vermeulen was pleased with this first run on the Japanese machine he will race on next year alongside John Hopkins.

“I really enjoyed my first go on the bike. It made a lot of difference getting on the bike on Monday - with the bad weather conditions as they are,” said Vermeulen.

“My first impressions are that the bike is very easy to ride and very comfortable. I really enjoyed working with the mechanics, they all have a lot of experience and they’re very methodical and really know what they are doing. We have a lot of work still to do but I am sure we can move in the right direction. I’m having fun, despite the weather!”

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Yeah easy to ride, anyone else think that's a politically correct way of saying slow as a donkey!!! :twofinger
 

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Dead right GD

Easy to ride my arse!!!!!!!! I'm not having that. It's a pig. Still would love to see the Suzuki up there with the Y's & H's.
Think Ver might make Hopkins look slow thou and that's be a shame.
Can;t believe CHugga Checca has got the E:crying:
 
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