Vermeulen signs new deal with Suzuki Having taken his best ever dry MotoGP result at Laguna Seca, Chris Vermeulen has been confirmed as a Suzuki rider for next season –with an option for 2009- as the team’s lineup for 2008 begins to take shape.
The Australian took his maiden win for the team at Le Mans earlier this year, and has consistently impressed onboard the GSV-R800 this season. With his contract up at the end of 2007, Vermeulen was listening to offers from other parties but was clear that Suzuki was the team for him.
“I am very excited to be staying with Suzuki. I really enjoy working with the whole team, especially my Chief Mechanic Tom O’Kane," commented Vermeulen. "The involvement of the Factory staff has also been a big factor in my decision, in particular Sahara-san and our Racing Group Leader Oonishisan. The way the development has gone since I first rode the GSV-R in 2005 is incredible! I am sure if we can continue in that direction we will be pushing up to the front every weekend. That has got to be the goal, I want to be World Champion and if I can do it with Suzuki I will be so happy!” Speaking after the race, ahead of an official announcement, Team Manager Paul Denning stated: “We are set to confirm that Chris has signed for us for another two years. We have seen some great performances from him but are convinced that the best is yet to come.”
Fumihiro Oonishi Suzuki’s Racing Department Group Leader, added that “Suzuki is very pleased to have signed Chris to race in MotoGP for the future. We had strong competition from other teams but Chris had a desire to stay with Suzuki and we have done all we can to make sure he did so. Chris is a very professional rider and his help in improving the GSV-R has been invaluable to the team and we know he will continue to do that in the future.”
With John Hopkins leaving Suzuki at the end of the year for Kawasaki, there is another space in the team up for grabs.
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