WSBK: Vermeulen Preemptively Out for Miller Round

05/24/2011 @ 8:02 pm, by Victoria Reid4 COMMENTS

Despite his perennially upbeat demeanor on Twitter, Chris Vermeulen’s recovery continues to progress slowly. The factory Kawasaki rider, who has yet to complete a race in the 2011 World Superbike season, will remain in Europe while teammates Joan Lascorz and Tom Sykes travel to this weekend’s race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.Vermeulen has been attending recent races in Europe and participating in practice and qualifying sessions, but an off at Monza tore a hole in his elbow and added to the Australian’s injuries.

Vermeulen will test for the team at Motorland Aragon early next month, with a plan to return to racing at Misano for the June 12th weekend. “It is disappointing to not race in America but my injuries are still healing. The good thing is they are improving,” said Vermeulen.

He continued, “The decision was taken with the team and Kawasaki to miss the race and concentrate on testing. That’s not only for myself to get some time under my belt away from the racing, but also to get more information about the bike.” Meanwhile, Lascorz explained that he has been testing the Kawasaki in Japan “to try some new ideas and give some feedback. I have my crew chief with me and I hope we can give good input into the development program.” He added, “Our bike is so young and has more potential than we have been able to demonstrate so far.”

With testing both in Japan and in Spain, the team is likely to see a continuation of the speed shown by the two healthy riders at least early in the weekend at Monza. Similarly, riding at Aragon will give Vermeulen not only a chance to evaluate his progress, but to learn the new circuit.

According to his personal Twitter account, Vermeulen’s recent days have been spent cycling and continuing his physical therapy in Andorra, Spain. Despite continued setbacks such as developing an infection in that injured elbow, Vermeulen said, “I should hopefully come back strong at Misano which is a track I know quite well.”

Source: Kawasaki; Photo: Pirelli

  • Beary

    Chris, ever get the feeling that someone up there is trying to tell you something? Listen.

  • 9fingers

    @Beary. CV is only physically injured, I don’t think it is fair to assume he’s hearing imaginary voices…
    …or to listen for imaginary concepts.
    His knee will get well eventually, and he’ll be a force in WSBK.

  • Team Ian

    Chris V is unbelievably fast, smooth and has an uncanny ability to ride in the wet.

    At the begining of last years WSBK season I thought that fist crash killed him, then I thought the second crash killed him again. Compounding big knee injuries is what is probably taking so long to heal.

    Once he heals up I am sure he will be back to leading races and winning in the wet, all with a big smile on his face. Kawasaki seems to making the best of the situation by having him around to develope the new bike.

    Heal swiftly and get your butt back on the podium Chris!

  • d1c1ple

    Perpetual Injury; I think he’s done. Certainly talented when healthy but this is going on 1year+