Chris Vermeulen

Chris Vermeulen

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Chris Vermeulen

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Chris Vermeulen (born 19 June 1982, in Brisbane, Australia) is a motorcycle racer, currently competing in the World Superbike Championship for the works Kawasaki team. He originally raced in this class in 2004 and 2005 for the Ten Kate Honda team, finishing as series runner-up in 2005. He also won the World Supersport Championship for Ten Kate in 2003.

From 2006 season season he joined the elite MotoGP series, for the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Team. On 28 August 2009 Suzuki confirmed Vermeulen will leave the team at the end of the 2009 season. and is affectionately nicknamed 'Vermin' on account of his last name.

He has a penchant for collecting old American Hot Rod cars and has a few in his collection. All his racing numbers have the digit "7" as a tribute to his mentor Barry Sheene.

Superbike

In 1999 he raced in the Australian Superbike Championship, despite only having participated in a handful of professional races beforehand. He took his Yamaha to 8th in the championship, with a best result of 4th, and the privateer championship for non-factory riders. His mentor Barry Sheene then arranged rides for him in Britain in their Supersport and Superstock classes, and success in these gave him his World Supersport break with Castrol Honda.

Initial success in a few late-2000 races did not translate into a successful 2001, as he only managed a single top 5 finish. However, in 2002 he linked...
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