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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Vilas Terror - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 7:32 PM

Now that we understand that BMW will not Risck Leon on the Hard CRT campaing i just whant to say tha t Colin Edwards is the Man... If he choose this riders from his head i had to GG for choose CHris tinck about this how nice was Edwards to tinck **** Crhis have had an hard time since that crash with the Kawa.. and only for him remaind Chris and try to put him one bike again its very Noble and just shows the heart of Colin trying to bring up Riders a Profession not making him go dowm or been forget.. Cheers Colin

Sparky62 - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 7:40 PM

We have the owners of the team sinkingtens of millions of dollars into this project. Getting Colin Edwards to ride the bike cost many times more than some of these other CRT joke jockeys. They know what they want out of a substitute rider. a) Needs experience at MotoGP level. It is a far different race weekend than BSB or WSBK. b )Needs to know the track. c) Has developmental experience on a MotoGP bike. d) Is a class above the average unemployed rider. Chris meets all of those criteria. He will provide the team with the feedback they need and will not be a waste of time. Haslam would not have been a good fit and neither would any other rider currently available. Some people need to get a grip on reality.

RaceFan - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 7:40 PM

Chris hasn't ridden this bike or used the tyres before, so any setup feedback might not be of use to Colin. More importantly, the guy is a damned good racer and will tune the bike to give him its best. If it rains, he could even take a factory scalp if he finds a good setting. I had been hoping Haslam might get the ride, but welcome back mate... and good luck!

naffman racing - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 7:44 PM

Im not sure how Mr Vermeulen has got this ride. Some very good PR men and afew sponsors with money i suspect...... If hes not riding regularly and still possibly recovering from injury, What the hell is he doing on a CRT bike running around with GP boys??? Give some young up and coming lads a chance to put themselves in the shop window or someone who could possibly develope the bike further, which surely Chris cannot do as hes been off fast bikes for to long. Heres hoping Mr Vermeulen doesnt kiss the tarmac in Le Man.

blah - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 8:31 PM

Just realized he has 1 win, 7 podiums while a certain Mr Spies has 1 win and 6 podiums. Quality rider when fit. IMO he is the best wet weather rider there is, followed by Stoner and West (who crashes too often in the wet).

ooo - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 8:33 PM

Colin Edwards: “My two big choices were Vermeulen or Haslam.
Vermeulen would be awesome if he stepped in. My two big choices were Vermeulen because I know he would give some really good information with his experience. And the other was Leon.”

Wacko - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 8:46 PM

This is not about just going racing. This is about continuing the evolution of this bike and for that, they need an experienced hand to provide them feedback. This is the whole reason why Colin is on the bike. They want a veteran rider who can provide them as much data in as short a period of time as possible. Colin is one of the best at it. BMW want into MotoGP, especially with their friends at Audi now buying themselves a seat at the table. And they need data for their ECU(relative term) programmers to go to work on for that to happen. Chris is capable of giving them that. Will he win the race? No. Will he even be competitive? No reference to go off of, so my feeling is he will be struggling in the first few practice sessions. But he will do alright.

Now about those Germans in MotoGP. Bradl is doing well in the big show and it doesn't take a lot of speculation to ponder him on a factory BMW alongside a Veteran. Something to ponder.

wadcutter - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 8:54 PM

Quick...before ze Germans get here!
Chris does or did have talent how much,even development feeling he has after 2 years not riding and more years not riding carbon brakes and the Bridgestone tyres.
I guess we will find out but best not have Haslam risk a injury for his WSB season.

If its wet and he gels with the bike after free practice he could be top crt!?!

If only the decision makers had consulted the experts on this forum....some of you really take yourselves too seriously.

CV's motogp success stats aren't that far behind Hayden, and Chris never had a Repsol Honda under his date..

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