Chris Vermeulen will run this special livery on his bike at the Australian MotoGP
(Left) Vermeulen with his one-off Suzuki GSV-R, (centre) Barry Sheene's son, Freddie sitting on the bike and (right) Barry Sheene's original 1977 Suzuki RG500 XR22!
Rizla Suzuki rider, Chris Vermeulen will pay homage to his hero and mentor – Barry Sheene – at the upcoming Australian MotoGP at the Philip Island circuit this Sunday. Vermeulen’s GSV-R will sport a special, one-off paintjob that’s inspired by Barry Sheene’s mid-1970s Suzuki GP racebike. To go with this, Vermeulen will also wear a retro-style riding suit and helmet to match.
It was Barry Sheene, 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ in 1976 and 1977, who had encouraged Vermeulen to move from Australia to the UK and to pursue his dream of going motorcycle racing at the top level. Says Vermeulen, 'It’s is a great honour for me to ride the bike in a colour scheme inspired by my hero, Barry Sheene.'
'Barry did a lot to make sure I became a success when I arrived in the UK and I miss him a lot. I rode one of his XR14 Grand Prix bikes at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year and that was certainly a privilege, but to ride my bike in the same livery is just awesome. Thanks to Suzuki and the team for letting this happen. I just hope that we can do credit to it...,' says Vermeulen. Well, we certainly wish you all the very best - hope you win the race mate!
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