Vermeulen Out Of Suzuki

Despite the continuing uncertainty over perhaps half the grid in MotoGP, as the world awaits the fallout from Jorge Lorenzo's decision on his future, some seats are starting to fill up. And as those seats fill up, some riders are finding themselves still running in a circle while the music continues to play.

Alvaro Bautista's completely unsurprising announcement that he would be joining Suzuki, coupled with the tacit acknowledgements of Loris Capirossi that he is likely to stay with the Rizla Suzuki team for another season leaves Capirex' current team mate, Chris Vermeulen, one of the men still left standing. It has long been rumored that the Australian was out of the running for a seat with Suzuki next season; both the scarcity with which the team mentioned Vermeulen's name when it came to possible riders, and the decreasing tact with which Vermeulen has discussed the Suzuki's lack of performance have led many observers to conclude that that the Australian will not be returning to Suzuki for year.

Confirmation of what most people have suspected came today, in the shape of a report over on Crash.net that Vermeulen will be leaving Suzuki at the end of the season. Vermeulen's manager, Phil Baker, told Crash.net of Vermeulen's dissatisfaction with the Suzuki, and that he "felt a change was needed as he wants to be running at the front for victories." Vermeulen had earlier told Autosport.com that he found the lack of progress in developing the bike frustrating, and it is an open secret that Vermeulen has been offering his services around the paddock, with the Tech 3 Yamaha the Australian's main target, given the Yamaha's recent competitiveness.

But with seats limited, a large influx of young talent - there could potentially be as many as 6 new entrants in the class next season - and cost-cutting high on the agenda, there is no guarantee that Vermeulen will be able to stay in MotoGP. The Australian has also been linked to a number of World Superbike projects, and given his stated aim of getting a competitive ride and becoming a world champion, that is his most likely destination in 2010.

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despite a few great moments (such as leading the race at laguna in 2006) CV has failed to impress. i was incredibly excited about his entry in motogp and expected great things. it never came to be. i think his motivations are strange, he seemed to do best riding in anger. maybe he was not angry enough :)

The Suzuki has been a dog since the early 1990's Kenny was only lucky to win in 2000 as Rossi had a few high sides.

The four stroke has and will always be a dog until they get rid of the v4, it was funny to see Chris go to Suzuki Motogp when the GSXR1000 super bike was faster around most track on a hot lap and over a race distance that the GSVR.

This year even in the wet Chris has been way off the pace, and he is one of the best in the wet, even faster than Stoner. thats showing you how bad the thing is.. and when its 23kph off the top speed of even the yamahas as some tracks it makes you think, why they even bother. and still the superbike is faster in a straight line

Lets hope he gets a good ride in superbikes, but then electronic are starting to numb them down too.

O well bring on the Moto2 600's that will be the best to watch next year.. who wants to go in a tipping competition?

Some riders will have to take what they can get regardless of it being competitive or not and CV is one of those guys. Even if he goes to WSBK he'll end up like Hopkins and imo won't podium much if any at all.

perhaps CV was the problem all along & just wasn't fast enough or possessing enough development skills to ask the right questions & make the right suggestions to make the Suzuki a WC bike.

Kenny won in 2000 because Rossi's highsides...indeed. Did KRJR make Rossi highside?? This sounds like another Nicky not REALLY deserving his championship canard.. what about...he who has the most points wins?

Maybe CV demonstrated his full potential in WSBK. He lost to Corser by more than 50 points in '05...hardly a harbinger of greatness. Maybe he just never was one of the 5 best riders in the world...no insult ...just the TRUTH.

@Tumid1: IIRC, Vermeulen and Ten Kate started the 2005 season slowly then reeled in Corser from about mid-season before 3 mechanical failure DNFs in the last few races put paid to their title chances.

Whatever the causes have been, the lack progress at Suzuki has been tremendously frustrating :( Somewhat reminiscent of Kawasaki - the Hayate team is doing better than the factory had done for years!

what does imo stand for?

I think kenny had the best year when he was going well on the KR powered by the honda. before all the eletronics arrived.

Has Chris not had the more race wins over lorris on a suzuki?

"before all the eletronics arrived."

Completely false.

The electronics were there in '06, and they were even more intrusive, in many respects.  They function differently now, in the new formula.

if you look at pure championship points, there doesn't seem to be much between cv7 and lc65. but if you are actually watching and paying attention to the racing it is without a doubt to me that lc65 is riding a lot better/harder/faster/stronger than cv7.

cv has had 4 years with suzuki and the bike has gone in the wrong direction it would seem. he's a good rider and in my opinion he should go to wsbk where he should be able to score a good ride and make a good run for a championship.

If only,,Vermeulin consistently finished better than Caprix, then he would still be in motogp. Regardless of how crappy the GSVR was, he needed to be better than his teammate. Same as JT.

Chris will have to "best his teammate" in WSBK, or that life will be short too.

Good luck CV. :)