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Vermeulen returns to happy hunting ground

Vermeulen returns to happy hunting ground

Round five of the 2008 World Championship sees Chris Vermeulen returning to the venue of his only MotoGP victory to date.

Looking for a result to kick-start his 2008 campaign, Rizla Suzuki´s 25 year-old Australian star Chris Vermeulen this weekend returns to the scene of his only win thus far in MotoGP as the World Championship visits Le Mans.

A renowned wet specialist Vermeulen took a 12.6 second victory at the famous French track last May in a spectacular rain affected contest, which only 12 of the 19-strong starting line-up managed to complete.

Three additional podiums last season for Vermeulen meant it was something of a breakthrough year for him, but his early 2008 form has not lived up to expectations, with just two top ten finishes to date and a frustrating technical fault which resulted in a DNF last time out in China.

Recalling last year´s success, Suzuki´s first victory in MotoGP since the introduction of 4-stroke regulations, and the need to step up again in terms of performances, Vermeulen comments, `I am looking forward to getting to Le Mans, not just because of the good memories of my first MotoGP win there, but because we need to get back on the bike and try to get the GSV-R as competitive as it can be.´

`I was really disappointed after Shanghai,´ he admitted, `but I know the Suzuki staff have been working hard to find out the cause of the problem and I´m sure that won´t happen again. The results we are getting are not what we all deserve for all the hard work that we are putting in, maybe we just need that bit of luck to go our way - so what better place than Le Mans for that to happen.´


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