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 5:14 PM

@ Wacko

Good point! I considered that there might be a conflict of interest, and Haslam's statement confirms that. Even still, the Vermeulen decision doesn't make sense to me considering the other "relevant" talent available. At the end of the day though, team managers know more than I/We do, so there must have been some merit behind their decision (even if fans don't always understand the reasoning).

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 5:27 PM

Contracts. That's why there are few options to take the ride, even as a one off wild card. Nearly all the top riders who would even rate a go on Colin's bike are tied to contracts. Any of the BMW WSBK team or satellite BMW teams might be able to have a go and still be contractually legal but they would be about it. Being that Leon is concentrating on WSBK as is Marco why would either jeopardize their campaign with an accident on the Suter? Look what happened to Hopper last year when he took a wild card on the GSVR. Pretty much ruined his run for the BSB title (taking nothing away from Tommy Hill) Vermuelen makes sense from that perspective. There are a couple of US riders without contracts ATM too....but they're not of Vermuelen's caliber....unless you'd like to drag a former GP rider out of retirement.


May 09, 2012 5:45 PM

Nothing says "look at me, I'm on the radar, give me a good MotoGP ride" like riding at the back of the grid right?? lol. Please.

Once again, Haslam would have been foolish to race this bike in it's current state. Riders put themselves on the radar by having GOOD results in wildcard rides - not back of the pack with no hope of even a top 10. Haslam would be better serve by putting himself "on the radar" by winning WSBK races and fighting for the title - not being a backmarker on hopeless kit as a wildcard.


May 09, 2012 5:52 PM
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@ Raw

Again, the point wasn't about being competitive on a new entry in a "sub-class" of bikes. I do agree with your point about his WSBK performance though, and he's doing a pretty good job of getting the BMW up towards the front.

Steve - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 6:07 PM

Truth is Vermeulen aint guna be doing much on that bike, may even come in last since he has no experience and hasn't raced in a while. So i dont see how riding it is going to lead to him getting a competitive ride in any series.

Gotta disagree with you there Steve. Suppose for just a minute that Vermeulen smokes all of the (Non-paying riders) on CRT Bikes. HMM wait, is Randy the only remaining Non-paying rider on a CRT Bike? OK so if he beets Randy. Ahh never mind.

JOHN - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 6:19 PM

I completely forgot about Chris and haven't heard of him for ages (how fast the time flies by!!!). Its great to see him back and I hope he has a good time on Colin's bike. Enjoy it while it lasts Chris!!!


May 09, 2012 6:20 PM

Good choice for the team and probably for the CRT bikes in general, need people who have had experience in GP before to test. Would still like to see the WSBK guys get a chance to prove themselves rather than just Moto 2 riders, hopefully a bigger field and more bikes available for next season will make it possible.


May 09, 2012 7:30 PM

Somebody mentioned earlier that Vermin 'fluked' a WSBK championship he didnt, he hasn't won a WSBK championship. Many, many years ago, whilst he was on the TenKate bike I thought that he was one of the brightest prospects however, in Motogp Vermin was never given the equipment to demonstrate his potential. I lost respect for him when I went to Portimao to see him ride the ZX10R only for him to pull over in practice and not ride again. He deprived fans and, another racer of a ride. He dropped Tom Sykes in it from a big height leaving him as a rookie and the only one to develop the bike. He dropped the team in it. Surely he must have known before he turned up for the first race of the year that he was unfit to ride? Hope he goes well though.

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