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MotoGP Q&A - Chris Vermeulen

As I rider I like going out on the bike and switching all the electronics off because there's no greater feeling than having all that horsepower in your hand. I think that old school riders might appreciate a lack of electronics, but you've got to remember that those bikes might actually be unrideable without them and they're also needed for safety

So for me it's all about having a less grippy tyre and looking at the electronic level but the difficulty is how to implement a change given that you've got to get it past the factories. It's easy to say that Dorna should do this or that but the manufacturers are involved in the decision and they've got their own ideas as to where development should go depending whether it a possible road bike development or just the marketing exercise of winning races. It's a balancing act.
Given your liking of racing bikes, why is your garage full of off road bikes?

Chris Vermeulen:
I don't ride a sports bike on the road for the very simple reason that I want to keep my life. I don't think that a sports bike is right for me on the roads because I might not be able to resist giving it some gas. I've got a BMW GS which I go about on and then a number of dirt and trials bikes that I like to pretend I know what I'm doing on.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to keep any of the race bikes I used. I was told by Honda Europe that I would be able to keep the bike I won the WSS title on but I still haven't managed to get it. I always had it in my contract that if I won the championship then I should be allowed to keep the bike.
What car do you use to get around town?

Chris Vermeulen:
My every day car's a big red1954 Ford F100 hot rod. Me and my dad restored it and it's got a fuel injected five litre motor in it and it goes along quite nicely.
So that should be good for embarrassing Georgia with in front of her friends when you pick her up from a night out when she's a teenager?

Chris Vermeulen:
(Laughs) yeah it'll be her old man trying to be cool again!
Thanks a lot Chris, it's been a pleasure.

Chris Vermeulen:
No worries, you're welcome.
by Christian Tiburtius

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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.

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