Vermeulen to replace Edwards in France
Chris Vermeulen will stand in for the injured Colin Edwards for the Forward Racing team in the upcoming French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
Edwards, who broke his collarbone in a qualifying accident in Portugal, is expected to be out of action until June's Spanish MotoGP, leaving his team a rider short for the French race.
Forward Racing therefore drafted in Australia's Vermeulen to replace their Texan in a one-off outing.
"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," said Vermeulen, a former World Supersport Champ.
"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."
Forward Racing managing director Marco Curioni is confident 29-year-old Vermeulen will easily slide into the team's set-up.
"Several members of the team have previously worked with him and I believe that Chris will immediately find a good feeling with the team," he said.
"Vermeulen is an expert rider in MotoGP with experience working with the electronics and the correct use of the tires, which are two areas in which we are currently working. Chris has previously won at Le Mans and knows the track well.
"I would like to wish Chris good luck and send all my best wishes for a quick recovery to Colin, who is on his way back home."