MotoGP »

Vermeulen future still undecided.

Chris Vermeulen aims to have his racing future decided by the time the MotoGP autumn break ends with the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril on October 4.

The Australian has already confirmed that he will leave Rizla Suzuki, with whom he has spent his full time grand prix career, at the end of this season.

Since making his GSV-R debut at the start of 2006 Vermeulen has taken one win, seven podiums, three pole positions and a best championship position of sixth, during the first year of 800cc racing in 2007.

Vermeulen's wet Le Mans victory remains the only Suzuki win of the four-stroke era, but results have tailed off again since and Suzuki is the only manufacturer yet to take a podium in 2009.

As such, both sides seemed to feel that a change was needed.

250cc star Alvaro Bautista has signed to ride alongside Loris Capirossi at Suzuki in 2010, while Vermeulen must decide if he wants to continue in the premier-class or return to World Superbike.

"I don't know yet what I'm doing next season but I hope to know before the next race in Portugal," Australia's Courier Mail reports Vermeulen as saying in Brisbane on Thursday.

"There are some good opportunities in World Superbikes and offers in GP."

Vermeulen, a former World Supersport champion, won ten WSBK races for Ten Kate Honda during 2004 and 2005, the last season of which saw him finish runner-up to countryman Troy Corser.

Having not won the title, Vermeulen could return to WSBK with a clear target and the 27-year-old admitted he is in talks with the Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Aprilia World Superbike teams.

"I'm a racer and I like riding and winning, so I will go with a bike and a team that I think can win races and a championship, either World Superbikes or MotoGP,” he said. "I don't see it [returning to Superbikes] as a step down.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Vermeulen, Indianapolis MotoGP 2009
Suzuki, German Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Dutch Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Catalunya Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Catalunya Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Catalunya Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Italian Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Italian Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Italian Moto3 2017
Suzuki, Italian Moto3 2017
Simoncelli, Suzuki, French Moto3 Race 2017
Suzuki, French Moto3 Race 2017
Smith, Iannone French MotoGP 2017
Suzuki, French Moto3 2017
Suzuki, French Moto3 2017
Suzuki, French Moto3 2017
Sylvain Guintoli tests ahead of Suzuki MotoGP debut (pic: Suzuki)
Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Jerez test

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

phil - Unregistered

September 18, 2009 11:32 AM

Good relationship with Ten Kate in the past, can't see Kiyo or Checa staying, Rea has outgunned them both this year. How about Rea/Vermuelen as team-mates?

SloMo - Unregistered

September 18, 2009 1:56 PM

"by the time the MotoGP autumn break ends" - how many breaks do these guys get. BSB, MotoGP and WSB all have massive breaks, it loses all continuity, and with it my interest. :rolleyes:

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.