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Vermeulen to continue for Camel Honda in Turkey

Vermeulen to continue for Camel Honda in Turkey

Vermeulen to continue for Camel Honda in Turkey

Chris Vermeulen had a successful MotoGP debut with the Camel Honda team at Phillip Island after joining the outfit run by Sito Pons to sub for the injured Troy Bayliss.

Riding in his first Grand Prix, he crossed the line just a whisker away from the top 10 in eleventh place. It was a display good enough to ensure that the young Australian will continue his stint with the Camel Honda team in Istanbul next weekend for the inaugural betandwin.com Grand Prix of Turkey.

"It was an okay race, nothing more as far as I'm concerned," commented Vermeulen. "I wanted to get into the top ten, but I got boxed in at the start and took the first lap cautiously. Then I picked up the pace, I felt good and passed Jacque, Xaus and Hopkins. They're all riders with experience and as I followed them before attacking, especially John, I learnt so many things about race management."

"This one was longer than the ones I'm used to, and the last five laps are crucial. By the end my tyres were well worn, too much to think about Nakano ahead, as I had planned. It was my mistake, I had used them up too much at the beginning and on the last lap Hopkins got back past me. Inexperience, but it's a lesson for the next race. Working with this vastly experienced team is teaching me so much so quickly."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen

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