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Vermeulen and De Puniet debut on MotoGP bikes

Vermeulen and De Puniet debut on MotoGP bikes

Vermeulen and De Puniet debut on MotoGP bikes

Chris Vermuelan and Randy de Puniet were the centre of attention on the first day of the MotoGP test session being held at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia which yesterday hosted the final round of the 2005 World Championship season.

The young Australian was able to lap on the GSV-R for the first time, the bike he will race for the Suzuki MotoGP team next season. Vermuelan took part in two Grand Prix for the Camel Honda team as a substitute for Troy Bayliss, but watched Sunday's race in Cheste from the stands having already put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Suzuki.

Vermuelan was not the only Suzuki out on the track today as American Kurtis Roberts, who rode for the Proton-KR team last weekend, also put the GSV-R through its paces, although it is not thought he will be offered any sort of future role with the factory beyond this test.

Also getting a first outing for his new team was De Puniet who will compete for Kawasaki next term. Along with world champion Dani Pedrosa, the Frenchman is so far the only the rider to have confirmed his move from the quarter litre class to MotoGP. De Puniet managed a total of five wins and 22 podiums in the 250s, although he ended his spell in the category in disappointing style by coming home eighth in Sunday's race, the same position in which he finished the championship.

MotoGP, 2005, Chris Vermeulen

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