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Vermeulen battles to seventh at Assen

Vermeulen battles to seventh at Assen

Rizla Suzuki´s Chris Vermeulen was involved in a thrilling race at the A-Style TT Assen, eventually crossing the line in seventh place.

In Sunday´s ninth MotoGP race of 2008 in the Netherlands Chris Vermeulen got a good start and was up into sixth by the end of the first lap - from eighth on the grid.

The Australian narrowly avoided a crash that forced him wide in the early part of the first lap, but was able to keep control of his Suzuki GSV-R and set about chasing riders in front of him. Vermeulen made a couple of superb overtaking manoeuvres as he made his way up into fourth place and he held on to that position for a few laps, although he was under constant pressure from the group of riders around him.

As the race progressed front grip became an issue and the 26-year-old had to fight for every place. Vermeulen dropped down to eighth, but immediately fought back to bring his machine home for a hard earned seventh.

Chris Vermeulen - seventh

`I got a good start and moved into a good position through the first two corners, but I was nearly involved in the crash and had to run wide causing me to almost lose the front. The bike worked really well in the beginning part of the race and I had a lot of grip from the Bridgestones. I felt like my pace was better than the guys in front and I could see them and thought I could get up to them, but once I got past and up into fourth the grip went off a bit and it became quite slippery out there. Unfortunately I lost a bit of time and dropped back a few positions, but I was still quite strong at the end of the race and managed to get back to seventh. Considering the problems we have had this weekend and losing a couple of sessions – one to problems on the first day and another to the rain – it is a decent result and we have managed to salvage something from it. Full congratulations to the team they did a great job again, and I´d like to say get well soon to Loris, I hope he is back at Sachsenring so he can give me a run for my money!´

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MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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