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Vermeulen 'will beat Rossi'.

"There's nothing hard about it. If you can't ride both (MotoGP and Superbike) then there's something wrong with you; you're not a very good rider."

That led on to the subject of Vermeulen who, after two seasons in World Superbike - in which he has won ten races on the way to fourth and second in the championship standings - will become the latest Superbike star to switch to MotoGP, next season.

Perhaps surprisingly for the straight-talking Englishman, who has never been afraid to criticise other riders, Foggy was glowing in his assessment of the 23-year-old Australian - whom he believes has the ability to beat even the legendary Valentino Rossiā€¦ although he has concerns about Vermeulen's choice of team and machinery.

"Vermeulen is the one guy that I rate very, very highly indeed," enthused Foggy. "I've said 'he's the best thing to come out of Superbike since myself!' - which was a bit tongue-in-cheek obviously, but I really rate him very, very highly.

"At last someone from Superbike is going to MotoGP, at the right age - for a start - and a number one team. Okay the Suzuki team and the people who run it, I don't know a lot about them to be honest, but it is a full factory team so that has got to be a good thing.

"I'm a little bit concerned that Suzuki, and the team, are not quite as good as the Honda or Yamaha teams - that's my only concern - but, Chris Vermeulen is very, very good. There's no question of that.

"In my opinion, if you put Vermeulen on the same bike as Rossi in two years time he would beat him. I feel he's that good. I really do rate him, higher than I've rated anyone in a long, long time," 'King Carl' concluded.

Foggy is currently running a competition with a selection of racing related prizes - including a PETRONAS FP1 road bike - on offer. Visit to take part.

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