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Vermeulen pleased with steady showing

Vermeulen pleased with steady showing

Vermeulen pleased with steady showing

Deputizing for the injured Troy Bayliss at Phillip Island, MotoGP novice Chris Vermeulen has impressed the Camel Honda team with how quickly he has adapted to his new machine, and its tyres.

The young Australian has made huge strides in the four hours of qualifying thus far, lowering his times by a second in each session, and reduced the gap to the top rider by half a second compared with yesterday.

"It's fantastic to ride with this team and this bike," said Vermeulen. "We made improvements in every session starting out at 1'34 and ending up at 1'31. I think that is a good margin in four hours and I'm delighted with it. We're working together well and I am also getting on with the Michelin engineers."

"The qualifying tyres offer incredible grip and even though I didn't make the most of them I still enjoyed myself using them. So tomorrow I hope to be able to improve my times even further and lap at a constant rhythm. My aim is to finish in the points and as close to another Honda rider as possible."


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