Chris Vermeulen confirmed for MotoFest

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Words: Nile Bijoux
5 Feb 2019

MotoGP rider, Chris Vermeulen, will be attending the second iteration of the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs, alongside Kiwi star, Simon Crafar.

Vermeulen was the first rider to win a MotoGP race for Suzuki in 2003 and clinched the World Supersport Championship in the same year.

But the Queenslander has never raced in New Zealand. That will change when he appears at the Mike Pero MotoFest on March 2-3 alongside fellow Aussies Kevin Magee and Rob Phillis as well as Kiwi stars Crafar and Aaron Slight.

Although he has not raced here, he is no stranger to these shores.

“My wife and I have been around most of the North Island and I have mountain biked in the South Island around Nelson and ridden the Heaphy Track with some mates,” he said.

“I always love coming over. My connection with the Mike Pero MotoFest is with (former New Zealand international) Stu Avant. I met Stu a few years ago through Kevin Magee and got on straight away. I have a lot of respect for him as a rider in his day as well.”

Vermeulen said he has had New Zealand mechanics in the many teams he has raced with during his career but; “the Kiwi I spent the most time with when I was living in Europe racing was Simon Crafar.

“We lived in Andorra only a few kilometres from each other and used to go training and trials riding together.”

Vermeulen will ride a British Superbike Championship-spec Suzuki GSXR1000 at Hampton Downs during MotoFest.


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