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Vermeulen successful despite vision problem

Vermeulen successful despite vision problem

Chris Vermeulen's run to only his third career podium at Donington Park was an excellent performance by the Rizla Suzuki rider, especially considering that at one stage in the rain affected MotoGP contest the Australian could barely see due to visor misting.

Chris Vermeulen's run to only his third career podium at Donington Park was an excellent performance by the Rizla Suzuki rider, especially considering that at one stage in the rain affected MotoGP contest the Australian could barely see due to visor misting.

The heavy rain which fell on the English circuit during the early part of the day led to treacherous conditions which Vermeulen himself fell victim to in the morning warm-up, as he suffered another big crash - having fallen twice earlier in the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix weekend.

Once the race was underway though Vermeulen got off to a great start from 12th on the grid, getting up to third position by the second lap, but a problem with misting inside his helmet visor saw the Australian's visibility hampered and he dropped back to fifth - at one point running off the track.

As the rain ceased Vermeulen was able to lift his visor and clear the misting, and then set about chasing down the riders in front of him. He caught and passed both team-mate John Hopkins and then Valentino Rossi, which was some going considering the hindrance he overcame.

Speaking after the race, Vermeulen explained: "I was having a bit of a problem with my helmet, I was getting quite hot inside and my sweat was making my visor fog and I was thinking ‘I've got to do something quickly', so I was playing around with that a bit and I few guys went past and I couldn't get it clear or see what was happening."

"When Casey went past he actually apologised because he thought he'd run me off the track but it was me as I couldn't see where he was. Then when the rain stopped I opened my visor and it cleared a lot and that's when I could start going quick again."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen

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