Turkish GP: Chris Vermeulen pre-race notes

Vermeulen rearing to get back on the bike Australian Rizla Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen is itching to get back onto the bike after a few weeks off from riding in the 2007 Road Racing World Championship (MotoGP). Vermeulen has spent some time...

Vermeulen rearing to get back on the bike

Australian Rizla Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen is itching to get back onto the bike after a few weeks off from riding in the 2007 Road Racing World Championship (MotoGP).

Vermeulen has spent some time back in Australia on the Sunshine Coast, but leaves today bound for Istanbul, Turkey -- the scene for the third round of the Championship on April 22.

Speaking to Melbourne radio station SEN, Vermeulen said that he is buzzing as he heads to one of his favourite tracks in Turkey, and he hopes to get himself back on the podium where he knows he belongs.

"We are heading to some good circuits -- circuits that were good for us last year in Turkey and China, and I'm trying really hard to get the bike back on the podium again and if we can do that, we'll be pretty happy," he said.

"It's a great circuit (Turkey). It's an awesome track -- it's got a bit of everything. It has the fastest corner in the world -- we enter the turn with the bike sliding at about 260km/h so it is pretty quick, and the exit of the turn you're heading up to 280-290, and getting up to 300 in the straight after it.

"It's a great track and I really enjoy it -- I got pole there last year in the rain and ended up coming seventh in the race and was the first Bridgestone finisher, but I struggled a bit with tyres there last year.

"Bridgestone have done a lot of development in the past, and circuits that we did struggle at last year that we've been to already this year we have made big improvements and I think we can be up there."

Vermeulen added that he is enjoying the new drop down in engine capacity this year, and admitted that despite the slower maximum speeds, riders were clocking quicker lap-times.

He also said that his start to the season hasn't been too disappointing, but he will be hoping to improve his results over the next few weeks.

"The 800's are amazing to ride -- we are down a little bit on horsepower from the 990s, but the lap times are probably going to be over a second quicker as they have been at most of the tracks.

"It's amazing to ride -- it feels so fast, and I love every second I am on the bike.

"It hasn't been the start to the season we anted although, I'm seventh in the Championship and my team-mate is ninth, and it is a lot better than Suzuki's ever been with four-stroke 900 racing.

"So we have taken a step forward and of course we are trying to improve on that and bring it even closer to the front."

-credit: ma.org.au

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