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 09, 2012 4:19 PM
Last Edited 1368 days ago

@ Reality

Most have already established that you live in an alternate universe, so I really shouldn't dignify your statement with a response, BUT...

What does his WSBK ride have to do with anything? It is agreed that MOST riders - especially up and coming riders - aspire to ride in the premier class. Why would he take the wildcard ride? The answer: to put his name on the radar IF and WHEN BMW's GP ride becomes available in the future (or they present a full factory GP bike). It's political! Try not to be so myopic and look at the bigger picture.

P.S. We don't know if Haslam was offered the ride, but I'd wager that if he had been, he wouldn't have turned it down.

Iwonder - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 4:22 PM

We are only talking about one race here just how much can he prove in that time.Lets hope he can offer some positive feedback to the team to backup Colins feedback to make the bike more user friendly.


May 09, 2012 4:24 PM
Last Edited 1368 days ago

@ Iwonder

It's not so much about proving anything.

@ reality (cont.)

Judging by this 2011 article, it seems as though Leon IS interested in a GP ride (as most reasonable people would suspect) if BMW presents a solid package. He doesn't want to ride around in WSBK forever.

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Reality - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 4:29 PM


If Haslam or any other rider want to be on the radar for a factory ride in Motogp they better start winning WSBK races consistently, fight for the championship and stop falling like crazy.

Give us a list of the WSBK riders you think will get a factory ride and will push any of the only 6 factory riders out of their seats anytime soon so we can have a laugh.


there there now - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 4:37 PM

@Realist : If you are a realist , do you not think Leon would wait until the bike is greatly improved first , because if Colin is struggling at the moment to get it working why would he want to ride it at the back of the grid.

ooo - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 4:45 PM

MCN understands that Haslam was approached about the Edwards ride but he told MCN: “I like riding and racing any motorbike, but right now my priorities are with BMW Motorrad and WSB. We're at a crucial part of the WSB season and we're making good progress with my S1000RR.”

Wacko - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 4:57 PM

Between Chris and Leon this is the logical choice. Leon is in a championship of his own right now. It would have been a questionable decision to divert him from his championship battle and place him here. Vermeulen is top notch. His results the last few years don't reflect that but anyone who ever watched him around Laguna Seca on anything he rode there knows there is talent. Paul Denning ran more riders careers aground while scuttling Suzuki's MotoGP squad than Ducati ever could.


May 09, 2012 5:11 PM
Last Edited 1368 days ago

@ Reality

Never did I speculate about WHO would receive a GP ride. I only stated that riders in other classes aspire to ride in the premier class. Those are two entirely separate things. Also, there have been circumstances where a rider wasn't winning in a class, but was promoted to GP. It doesn't make sense, but it happens. It'll likely happen with Bradley Smith/Tech3 as well.

@ Iwonder

Try reading my last few contributions. I've already explained myself.

@ there there now

Try reading my last few contributions as well. I've already explained myself.


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