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Vermeulen reviews home Grand Prix

Vermeulen reviews home Grand Prix

Rizla Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen produced a solid performance in the MotoGP race at the GMC Australian Grand Prix, to cross the line eighth at Phillip Island after starting from 16th on the grid - having struggled in qualifying at his home track.

Rizla Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen produced a solid performance in the MotoGP race at the GMC Australian Grand Prix, to cross the line eighth at Phillip Island after starting from 16th on the grid - having struggled in qualifying at his home track.

With his team-mate John Hopkins finishing just ahead of him in seventh and Honda Gresini rival Marco Melandri coming home tenth, Vermeulen remains fifth in the general standings with a good shot at securing fourth overall - and the slimmest of chance of third place in the championship - with two rounds remaining.

After a nightmare qualifying session on Saturday resulted in a disappointing sixth row grid placement, Vermeulen got off to a solid start in the race and made up a couple of places early on before getting involved in a four-way battle with Carlos Checa (Honda LCR), Colin Edwards (Fiat Yamaha) and Anthony West (Kawasaki), eventually coming out on top of that group at the end of the 27-lap race.

At the conclusion of a tough weekend Vermeulen commented: "It's not great to finish in eighth, but it is a very good result from the weekend we've had. We've really struggled here both last year and this, but we have taken a big step and it's great to see that we have a direction to head in. If we improve the same next year we will be pushing for the front. Full credit to all my guys, they did a great job all weekend and worked their hearts out! They gave me a great bike to race and now I can't wait to get to Malaysia."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen

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