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Vermeulen looking forward to home debut

Vermeulen looking forward to home debut

Vermeulen looking forward to home debut

Chris Vermeulen is all set for his first MotoGP appearance this weekend at the Polini Australian Grand Prix, deputizing for the injured Troy Bayliss at Camel Honda. Just a week after taking part in the last round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny Cours, France, the young Australian is relishing the opportunity to make his Grand Prix debut at his ‘home track'.

"It's especially exciting to be able to ride Honda's RC211V at Phillip Island," commented the 23 year-old from Brisbane. "It's always good to ride at home because we only get one race there each year - it's nice to have friends and family there to support."

"Phillip Island is one of the best circuits in the world; it's fast and flowing and that really suits my riding style. You get a great view of the ocean coming down the start-finish straight, but maybe I won't get the chance to appreciate that so much on a factory Honda GP machine at something like 320kph!"

"I've always struggled a bit on the two hairpins but that's mostly because of the way I've had the bike set up. Because the rest of the circuit is so fast, there always has to be a bit of a compromise. Otherwise I love the place and Lukey Heights has to be one of my three favourite corners anywhere".


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