MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Chris Vermeulen - Q&A

"When I won at Le Mans I actually felt more happy for the Suzuki team than I did for myself because of the effort they had put in and the support they'd given me" – Chris Vermeulen.

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January 20, 2014 7:42 PM

Great interview and I can relate to him, eventually you realise that there is more to life than fighting politics and living out of a suitcase. Was interesting reading his thoughts about riders and the current state of MotoGP.


January 20, 2014 10:47 PM

Another great interview Christian.

I think Suzuki would definitely benefit from having CV as a development rider. Then again so would Ducati, BMW....

Above all a very respectful and considerate person who continues to give back to the sport in Australia.

Can't help but wish he would pull on the leathers for the odd wildcard ride :)


January 20, 2014 10:50 PM

I respect Chris Vermeulen, he was a good rider and still have records to is name!! I was with big hopes when he join Kawasaki in 2009 in Wsbk.. Unfortunalty sht happens but in the end he can smille and that is the most importante part is ok and can live in style!! I still have Joan Lascorz in my memory, i can t imagine the pain that should be when one young rider gets serious injury and have to understand that he can t ride anymore.=(.. Lets keep in mind this warriors and ride safe on the roads...


January 21, 2014 5:27 AM
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Kawasaki have ended so many a good riders career over the years, funny to see them finally winning now in WSBK. Given CV was #1 rider in Kawasaki WSBK team, was developing the new bike and he is a former runner up in the championship and a MotoGP race winner, you'd have to think he could be World Champion now if Sykes can. Shame he has retired now at only 31 but I have seen Vermeulen commenting on Speed TV for WSBK and WSS - is very professional, humble and supportive of Aussie riders. A good guy to have still in the sport.


January 21, 2014 7:13 AM

After reading the interview I have gained even more respect and admiration for CV71. I saw him in the paddock @ the Laguna Seca MotoGP in '06. Very friendly, polite and approachable. He was always very fast there, doing the double in WSBK in '04. In '06, Chris was the fastest guy at Laguna, if I remember correctly, on pole. He also led a good portion of the race and was set to win, had that Suzook not suffered a near engine failure. I think he nursed it home in fifth.

Good to hear he invested wisely and is living comfortably in paradise.

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