Beattie stayed awake long enough to dribble this:\n\nVermeulen's big day is a big ask: Beattie\nBy Peter McKay\nOctober 11, 2005\n\nVictoria's unpredictable weather may be Chris Vermeulen's greatest\nenemy as he gets to grips with an unfamiliar bike in his MotoGP debut\nin the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island this weekend.\n\nRising superbike star Vermeulen will ride the Camel Honda machine of\ninjured compatriot Troy Bayliss without as much as a familiarising\nshakedown. He won't get aboard the Honda V5 until Friday morning.\n\nFormer 500cc GP campaigner Daryl Beattie cautions that it's "a big ask\nto expect Chris to get comfortable on a MotoGP bike this weekend, even\nthough it's a four-stroke [like a superbike]".\n\nBeattie said: "Chris needs good weather so he can get straight down to\nbusiness. And he needs to get his head around the engineering data\nfrom the bike - that's important."\n\nBeattie suggests Vermeulen should try not to worry much about the\nimportance of the weekend, and that hopefully he might get carried\nalong in Sunday's race. "If he can go all right at the Island, it'll\nsecure him a ride at the last two races and probably next year," said\nBeattie.\n\nThe Honda hierarchy are known to be in the Vermeulen cheer squad and a\nsolid ride on debut will help cement a full-time MotoGP ride, perhaps\nas early as next year.\n\nFormer world superbike champ Colin Edwards, who switched to the\npremier class but is still chasing his first win, admits he's curious\nto see how Vermeulen will adapt to the MotoGP bike.\n\n"Being a home race at a track that he knows, he might get on the bike\nand absolutely fly," said Edwards. "On the other hand, he might get on\nthe bike and might not be used to it and not understand it and not be\nable to set it up properly. These bikes nowadays are so sensitive to\nset-up that if you don't have it within 99.8 per cent perfect, guys\nare going to walk away from you."\n\nEdwards, who has to cope with the psychological battering of being\nteammate to the peerless Valentino Rossi, reckons he sees world\nchampionship material in another Australian - Aprilia-mounted Casey\nStoner, currently second in the world 250cc chase.\n\n"If you ask me, Casey Stoner is a future MotoGP champion," enthused\nEdwards. "The kid has got a determination and a will that does not\nstop, and that's what it takes. Travelling round the world doing what\nwe do, living out of suitcases, it doesn't seem to affect him that\nmuch.\n\n"He's definitely got a bright future ahead of him. As long as he keeps\nhis head screwed on straight and keeps looking forward, he's gonna be\nthere. I don't want to start any rumours but I have had a word with\nYamaha about Casey myself. I've put in a good word for him. I think\nanybody at this time would be crazy not to consider Casey for a MotoGP\nride."\n\n¦ Vermeulen couldn't quite seal his world superbike season with a\nconfidence-boosting win in France on Sunday before jetting to\nMelbourne.\n\nEmerging talent Lorenzo Lanzi took victory in the final race of the\nchampionship at Magny-Cours after the chain on Vermeulen's Ten Kate\nHonda slipped off late in the race.\n\nVermeulen had earlier won the opening leg and had looked set to take\nthe double.\n\nTroy Corser, who clinched the title at the previous round, had a\nshocker in qualifying and started 16th on the grid in both races but\ncame home fifth and fourth.\n\nIn the world supersport finale, Broc Parkes finished on a high,\nscoring his first win in the series ahead of Yamaha teammate and\nfellow Australian Kevin Curtain.