MotoGP » Vermeulen explains WSBK with Kawasaki.

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LOL - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 10:36 AM


Chris, why do you always choose a path that will destroy your career?

I don't think he realizes that "big resources" from Kawasaki is still small compared to Yamaha/Ducati/Honda.


Stavros - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 10:54 AM

Kawasaki is not small. Their motorcycle business makes up less than 1% of their overall turnover. There is money there, which lets be honest is the real reason Vermin is with Kawasaki, they got the same cheque book out that sihned Melandri and Hopkins in GP.

I'm actually pleased as a long time Kawasaki fan, Vermeulen might be able to drag them up to the podium again. I think the 2011 10-R will be pretty special too, with Kawasaki now concentrating their resources on it.

LOKI - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 11:32 AM

Good luck Chris and James even if u are a pom :).I personally think that its a great match for the mighty Kwaka and shouldn't be underestimated next year!

posti - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 11:59 AM

Good Vermeulen and Kawasaki deal!
I hope they'll build a bike which be same strong as Yamaha is. The only bad.a.s.s will be BMW. One I can't understand is using Autopolis as a test track! the surface there is not equal to normal track, it's too ideal so it gives fake feedback to testriders for years...

Julian Bond

October 05, 2009 12:21 PM

I've wondered for a while if the Autopolis track and the test riders (Yanagawa?) are reponsible for Kawasaki lurching year after year between having suspension that is way too hard and soft but not right. It's as though whoever does the testing likes a stiff bike on a smooth circuit and then the dealers/journalists all complain about the rock hard suspension and head shakes on real roads so they soften it all off in the next model year without actually getting it right.


October 05, 2009 12:22 PM

What is interesting is that Rizla won't let him participate in the season ending WSBK test. I mean really, what do they care? They have already booted him out the door and told him don't let the door knob hit you in the a55. It's not like he's going to another MotoGP team - he's going to a different series. It's not like he's in the title hunt or anything.


October 05, 2009 12:26 PM
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Julian Bond

It was discovered that the test track was too smooth and had too much grip and was proving data that didn't transfered to European tracks. The test team would test parts and send it over to the MotoGP team in Europe without the same results as they had in Japan.

I think that is where they did the development for the ZX10 as well.

MarkyB - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 1:06 PM

Pretty good for the overall spectacle of wsbk with another potential 'top 5' bike in there - not sure i'm as optimistic as chris seems to be though... :s

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