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Vermeulen to return

"I want to race again and get another chance" - Chris Vermeulen.
By Dexter Fielding

Former MotoGP race winner Chris Vermeulen is being linked with the only remaining seat still officially open on the 2013 grid.

The IodaRacing team is planning to run a second BMW-Suter, alongside Danilo Petrucci, but the identity of the rider remains 'to be confirmed' - Roberto Rolfo's reported deal having fallen through.

Vermeulen rode the Suter-BMW at Le Mans this year, scene of his MotoGP win for Suzuki, in place of the injured Colin Edwards at Forward Racing, finishing in 17th.

30-year-old Vermeulen has been without a permanent ride since the end of 2011, following two injury blighted seasons with the factory Kawasaki WSBK team.

While Vermeulen is keen to return, Ioda are said to be interested in using his experience to help develop the bike. Ioda will be the only team running Suter-BMWs in 2013 with Forward switching to FTR-Kawasakis.

Suter marketing director, Andreas Leuthe fears that Vermeulen "could be too expensive", but Vermeulen told "I won't ask for a high wage" adding: "I want to race again and get another chance".

Should Vermeulen and Ioda agree terms, he would be the second Australian on the full-time 2013 grid, alongside rookie Bryan Staring (Gresini CRT).

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December 06, 2012 2:30 PM

And in something CV says, I find one of my biggest problems with the current situation in MotoGP: Look at this year's series, of the CRT riders, Espargaro and RDP were head and shoulders above the rest... What opportunities did winning CRT open for them......???? N O T H I N G ! ! ! ! ! They are both, again stuck on CRT next year. Both doomed to be way of the glory (unless a typhoon hits...). CV wants another chance, but I still think CRT can't offer that. You get NO TV time, no real racing. Rather go the WSBK!!!

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