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Although I like him, I don't think Vermeulen is all that good. I read somewhere he said
"once you get in to GPs it seems pretty hard to get fired". C'mon now,there are guys who should be there who aren't and guys who shouldn't be there and are, but you shouldn't go to GPs with that mentality. Besides, I don't think he has much to show for. He does have WSBK wins and WSS title, but to me, he had the best developed bike out there (besides Ducati), and he got beat by Corser, a better rider.
Also, he is coming from SBK, with the exception of Tamada, Edwards and Hayden, the SBK guys seem to be at a huge disadvantage from not learning the tracks and how to ride a two stroke, which is how the GP bikes are being developed. Plus, the move to 800cc only will make it harder...
I see the best riders coming from 250s, because all those guys are scappy. Also, if I were Honda, I would sign Ryuichi Kiyonari back into GPs to partner Tamada. That guy has shown what he can do on Michelin tires and on tracks he has seen for the second time.