MotoGP » Vermeulen replaces Edwards for Le Mans MotoGP

Chris Vermeulen to stand-in for Colin Edwards in the French MotoGP at Le Mans.

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May 10, 2012 11:33 AM

"Vermeulen is an expert rider in MotoGP with experience working with the electronics and the correct use of the tyres, which are two areas in which we are currently working".

It's only a token ride, and judging by the above comments from the team, not such a bad decision. However I also think the ride is also payback for something Chris may have done previously.



May 10, 2012 11:54 AM

This is not fantasy racing, where you are allowed to have your choice from all the best riders. This is the real world where your rider is determined by what you can afford, and who is willing to interrupt their race season for a couple of rides with no prospects of significant results. Remember when Hodgson turned down a GP stand-in ride because there was nothing to gain? They are a private team and presumably will still be paying Colin, so they may have a narrow choice at today's pay rates. Also, I read that Haslam turned down the ride as it would interfere with his best-yet season in WSB. So, ride your luck, Chris, and I wish you success, but a poor showing could end your GP aspirations permanently.

Pck9 - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 12:26 PM

You guys here have no heart its just" what a waste of money , Kill him you will not run ohh is Hold he will never finish the race..
You guys are crap, another exemple: Carl crutchlow only Won Wss, him Wsbk only makw some faste t laps him qualify, on race i tinck only win Silverstone both races and one race at magny cours.. him 2011 i never wach one guy crashing so much him my live.. before of every race i allready new soon or later Carl will crash..lolo But if you guys where the manager of TEch 3 i bealieve Carl was allready withou t a job.. Can you imagine the waste of money that was all that bikes crashed, but at the end what we have now??? A fast rider now capable of do something.. and for sure he must know that this year he will be withou t contract of he do the Job of 2011 sesson!! So Shat up and Wach Chris because is not finish

Who Cares - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 1:03 PM

Forward Racing's managers have been on the phone day and night to try and find someone willing to ride their crap CRT: Moto2 riders, WSB riders, WSS riders, they all politely refused the ride, because everybody in the sport has heard Colin saying the bike was unrideable. How would anyone having a ride take the risk to be injured with absolutely no chance to shine? Chris has nothing to lose, and being a smart guy he will probably make the best of the oppty by making as numerous contacts as possible, and by keeping the Suter with the rubber end safely in contact with the tarmac. He could even end up faster than Shakey, who replaces Ellison.

JoeP - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 1:10 PM

Remember folks, he is a temporary replacement for Edwards. Forward Racing need someone to settle in quickly: he is already familiar with a number of the team members, has premier class experience and is probably a solid financial choice.
Why not I say. Good luck to the man!

codger - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 1:34 PM

No disrespect to anyone, especially Vermin but I'm surprised that there is this much interest in either Chris or CRT fortunes.
As people are saying Chris is a thoroughly nice guy so seeing as rides aren't given out as presents, he obviously has earned the outing some other way. What will be achieved by it is another thing.
As for CRT, like most I can't get that interested, it is too early. They'll get better and start to worry a few prototype guys which will be fun.

DoC - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 2:42 PM
Last Edited 1181 days ago

@ sameoldsameol Lol
Besides that im surpised anyone wud jump on the bike..

Just want to wish Vermeulen a good race get out of it whats in there n hopefully it will turn his fortunes for future racing...

Im Dutch, Ten Kate Racing team fan 1+1=2 got alot of repsect for Vermeulen...

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Mark - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 3:08 PM

Stats dont mean much you're only as good as your last race, Haslam 2nd in Monza, someone remind me where Chris came in his last race?

Anyway it doesn't matter, Chris has got the ride end of.


May 10, 2012 3:15 PM
Last Edited 1181 days ago


So now stating CORRECT results is "trying to wind other posters up"?

You have nothing to say to ForumExpertsAreAJoke who incorrectly states that Chris' MotoGP stats are close to Hayden yet Hayden has 4 times more podiums. You have nothing to say to Realist who trys to slam Chris' stats yet they are far more impressive than Haslams. Yet I'm the one you wanna call out - for what? Actually knowing what I'm talking about and stating the correct results?

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