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The charismatic Australian started his path to MotoGP by claiming the World Supersport Championship in 2003 and moving up to the Superbike class the following season. After two years in SBK, Vermeulen made the jump to MotoGP at the start of the 2006 season, signing with Rizla Suzuki.
Vermeulen spent 2006 transitioning from a successful career in WSB. There were times in 2006 when Chris the V upstaged his American paddock-mate, John Hopkins, the most noticeable moment being Laguna Seca, where the Aussie snagged the pole position and almost the podium before falling short in the final laps. Vermeulen claimed the pole position at Turkey as well, and also had a great run at Phillip Island, his home track, where he charged up through the ranks to finish second.
Following a difficult return to World Superbike in 2010, Vermeulen will ride with Kawasaki again for the 2011 season.
2007 saw the introduction of the smaller 800cc GP bikes with improved traction control, which required a different riding style and a focus on maintaining corner speed. Chris V adapted well and won a maiden victory at a wet Le Mans circuit in France. It was also Suzuki’s first victory in the four-stroke category. He finished the 2007 season in sixth place with three other podium finishes for the year.
2008 found Chris V struggling to achieve the power he needed from his Suzuki GSV-R. Despite this he managed two third-place finishes at Sachsenring and Laguna Seca and finished eighth overall for the season. He also penned a monthly column called Vermeulen’s Inside Line for a cool online magazine by the name of Motorcycle-USA.com.
After a tumultuous 2009 MotoGP season with Rizla Suzuki, the Aussie returned to WSB for 2010, this time piloting a Kawasaki ZX-10R. Vermeulen once again had a difficult season in which he finished 20th after missing the last five rounds due to a knee injury.
For 2011 V will continue with the Kawasaki Racing squad where he will be joined by teammates, Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz.
2011 – 21st World Superbike (Injured) – Kawasaki
2010 – 20th World Superbike (Injured) – Kawasaki
2009 – 12th MotoGP – Suzuki
2008 – 8th MotoGP – Suzuki
2007 – 6th MotoGP – Suzuki
2006 – 11th MotoGP – Suzuki
2005 – 21st MotoGP – Honda
2005 – 2nd World Superbike – Honda
2004 – 4th World Superbike – Honda
2003 – 1st World Superpsort – Honda
2002 – 7th World Supersport – Honda
2001 – 17th World Supersport – Honda
2000 – 19th FIM World Superstock – Honda
2000 – 21st World Supersport – Honda
2000 – 6th British Supersport – Honda
1999 – 8th Australian Superbike – Yamaha