Former factory Suzuki MotoGP Chris Vermeulen rider will stand in for Colin Edwards at the Le Mans MotoGP round, his NGM Forward team announced this morning.
Aussie Vermeulen has been on the sidelines since he left PBM Kawasaki's WSBK team with a recurring knee injury in 2011 but is pleased to be able to come back into the premier class in France. He has worked with many of the team before and won a MotoGP race at the French track.
Team bosses chose Vermeulen has he has experience with the bike's electronics and, more importantly, the finicky Bridgestone tyres.
“First of all I would like to wish Colin a speedy recovery. I am grateful to have the opportunity to race back in MotoGP with the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team. I am looking forward to my first time on the bike being at Le Mans, a circuit that holds great memories for me including a Victory in 2007. I am excited to be racing at the top level of motorcycling again and look forward to working with the team," he said.