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Vermeulen's Inside Line Photo Gallery

Follow Chris Vermeulen's 2008 Grand Prix progress in Motorcycle USA's Vermeulen's Inside Line column.

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Chris V's first career GP victory came under the rain at Le Mans.
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With the taste of GP victory at Le Mans, Vermeulen is ready for more in 2008.
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The floppy hat returns for 2008, penning a monthly column for MotorcycleUSA.com.
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With Bridgestone and Suzuki support, Vermeulen is looking to up his game in the MotoGP series.
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Coolangatta Gold winner Rhys Drury showed Vermeulen the ropes during a recent sea kayaking excursion.
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Vermeulen has been staying in shape during the off-season, with activities like kayaking, seen here with ironman competitor Rhys Drury.
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Catch a wave and you're sitting on the top the world. Hopefully, catching a wave during his training off-season will see Chris Vermeulen sitting on of the MotoGP standings.
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The new GSV-R is improved, with more horsepower.
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Vermeulen is looking for some podiums and has set the USGP double as a goal for 2008.
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Chris Vermeulen ran during a grueling Vo2 Max test and the Suzuki MotoGP rider's fitness was deemed on the level of Olympic atheletes.
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Number 7 will be keen to make amends after a poor start to the 2008 season.
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Vermeulen was turning competitive laps on the GSV-R after he came out of the pits with a fresh tire at Qatar.
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The Suzuki team is just one of the squads hoping Bridgestone comes out on top in the '08 tire war.
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Chris V may have finished last due to a faulty front tire, but the Aussie's spirits are not diminished for a successful 2008 season.
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Divide KPH by 10, then trade the K from kilometer to knot and you get Chris' new favorite pastime - sailing off Australia's Sunshine Coast.
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Trials and troubles... The MotoGP field is packed with the most talented riders and engineers in the world, but Vermeulen maintains a positive attitude about the Suzuki's chances.
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At Jerez Vermeulen gambled with a rear soft compound, with his Bridgestone not lasting the race. It went against advice, but the Aussie slept good over making the call.
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Vermeulen didn't dazzle at Estoril, but the Bridgestone riders have had some rough times at the opening rounds. Expect better results for Chris V in the future.
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Number 7 has stumbled out of the gate, but is gaining momentum for the remainder of the season.
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Chris Vermeulen in action at the Donington circuit.
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Vermeulen proves why he is such a fan favorite.
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Starting on the grid from the front row, Vermeulen brough the Suzuki home to a top-10 finish at Donington even with rear tire troubles.
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Cold hands and getting hassled by security after a crash, qualifying had its up and downs but resulted in a front-row start.
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Chris V is looking forward to the upcoming stop at Assen, with the Aussie having found great success in the past aboard the Dutch-based Ten Kate team in World Supersport and Superbike.
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Chris Vermeulen usually leaves Monterey with some podium or qualifying loot. The only thing lacking is a USGP victory, which the Aussie plans to remedy. MotoGP timbers, prepare to be shivered.
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Vermeulen gets on the gas at a rainy Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Aussie finished ninth in a red flag ending.
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Umbrella girls, a definite neccessity when Hurricane Ike is a couple hundred miles south and bringing weather to Indy.
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This ain't NASCAR, MotoGP rides in the rain America!
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It wasn't the rain, but rather the wind that stopped action at Indy.