Donington Park MotoGP: Chris Vermeulen’s set-up gamble pays off

Published: 21 June 2008

Chris Vermeulen heads off the front row of the grid for the first time this season at Donington Park tomorrow, and even though he is somewhat of a wet weather specialist he said the qualifying times came as a bit of luck with the setup, and he’s hoping for sunshine on race day.

He said: “I’m so happy to be back on the front row, it’s the first time this year – so it was about time it happened!

“The team gave me a great bike to do the job in the wet conditions.

“This morning I made a bit of a mistake in the wet and crashed, so that cost me a bit of track time.

“It made this afternoon a bit of a gamble as far as set-up goes, but as I say my guys gave me the toll to do my job.

“I just went out and reeled off some laps and felt very comfortable doing those times.

“If it’s wet tomorrow we’ve got a good tyre, and if it’s dry we’ve got our tyres sorted as well so hopefully in all conditions we’ll be strong – we now have to wait and see what the weather does.”