Vermeulen getting to grips with CRT at Le Mans

Friday, 18 May 2012

NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team was hard at work on the first practice day at Le Mans to provide Chris Vermeulen with the best possible bike for this Sunday’s race.

It was complicated to begin with as expected, though he managed to finish the second free practice with a general good feeling. Vermeulen worked on the setup of the Suter-BMW and the results have been positive, as the Australian was able to improve his lap time by over two seconds from FP1 to FP2.

Chris Vermeulen

“First of all I would like to thank the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team for giving me the opportunity, its great to be back in the premier class of motorcycle racing. Definitely wasn’t easy to start again after about eight months of no riding, to get back to seed, to feel the breaks and the tires and this sort of racing bike again but I really enjoyed my time on the bike so far today. We have a lot of work to do with development on the bike and I think everybody knows that. I hope my feedback is been positive for the team and I’m sure tomorrow we can improve the bike and hopefully go a bit quicker.”

Kornelis Veldeman – Crew Chief

“Having Chris on the bike today has been positive for both Chris and the team. He has given us his feedback on the bike: good comments, how the bike reacts. Step by step Chris is improving his lap times, from this morning we improved a few seconds and there is room for improvement after making some changes. All and all we are working in the right direction. The focus for tomorrow will be the chassis and keep working on the electronics for the engine breaking. We need to provide him more engine breaking compared to what Colin usually uses.”

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