Vermeulen returns to sub for Edwards
9 May 2012 – Chris Vermeulen is set to make a MotoGP comeback in order to cover for the injured Colin Edwards. The Australian, who last raced in the sport with Suzuki between 2006 and 2009, won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans in 2007.
Edwards, who broke his left collarbone in a crash during qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Saturday, is expected to return for Catalunya in a month’s time. Following a successful operation, he has now left the Instituto Unversitario DEXEUS of Barcelona and is en route to his home in the United States.
“First of all I would like to wish Colin a speedy recovery,” says Vermeulen. “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.”
The World Championship is currently led by title holder Casey Stoner of Honda, edging out 2010 Champion Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha by just a single point.