WSBK » Lascorz feeling confident, Vermeulen out again

Joan Lascorz feels the recent test at Misano will give him a good chance of success at Imola, while Chris Vermeulen sits out another event.

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September 22, 2011 9:32 AM

Oi Chris...

The highest paying, lowest performance 2 years EVER!
I don't blame him, as an injury is an injury. BUT, he should've stepped up and told Kawasaki he didn't feel he could live up to his commitments this year. I hope he gets well. But he should take next season off.

pp916 - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 10:18 AM

I don't see Kawasaki renewing Vermulen's contract at the end of the year and its difficult to see him getting a decent ride anywhere else now....he's been off the radar far too long and done nothing when he has ridden to show that he still has winning potential.
Maybe he could do a Hopper and resurrect his career elsewhere but he's got to find a seat on a competitive bike, be prepared to ride for less monetary reward and show some serious motivation to do that.
Shame, at one time I really thought he was headed right for the top.


September 22, 2011 11:05 AM

The whole "competitive ride" comment kinda annoys me.

Chris mentioned he would only accept a ride next year if it was on a competitive package. Tom has clearly shown in this, the new zx-10's first season, that it's got PLENTY potential of being competitive.

And besides that, what has Chris done since being back to deserve making such demands. I stood by him for a long time, but this has kinda made me lose faith in him. At PI last year his crash was caused by the bike selecting a false neutral in the middle of a corner, but any other crashes have been rider error.

He needs to FULLY recover, and return with some commitment.

There will be NO Kawasaki contract next season for him.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 11:23 AM

I think Vermeulen will retire at the end of the season.

There is a surplus of good riders out there and a shortage of competitive rides.

He was slow at the recent test so I can't see any team with a competitive bike offering him a ride.

Dice - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 12:29 PM

@ 636

Kawasaki is insured against CV not being able to ride due to injury.
He doesn't need to 'step up' for anything. They hired him injured & gambled on him healing faster.

Ben1 - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 12:36 PM

I don't think any decent team wants to sign Vermeulen. He showed nothing in recent years and not reliable (with injuries), he shouldn't get a fast ride only because of his name when there are so many young and talented riders. Think he will retire at the end of the year.

TDS - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 12:37 PM

Chris Vermeulen should just accept he will probably never be able to ride competatively again!! It is painfully obvious his injury is far too debilitating to allow him to race a bike and like James Toseland who had no real choice either, just retire! I can't see anyone wanting Chris in their team as it just isn't worth it. Give the ride to someone who will actually get out on the track!!

trr - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 1:20 PM

I hope he would not make such a decision. He should wait and get 100 % healthy then he will see if hes fast enough or not. If necessary, one year off or go to BSB. The talent has not disappeared, the confidence and the edge probably has...but that can be built up once again.


September 22, 2011 1:29 PM


Can't agree with you.

@ Trr

You got it right. Everyone thought Hopper was gonna vanish into obscurity.
Then BAM! He's back.
I Don't think Chris is done for. He hasn't given his body half a chance to heal properly. He's been rushing, felt slightly better, then hurt himself again.

It's becoming a common and almost recognised term, but he has to "Do A Hopper..."

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