After crashing Saturday at Brno and injuring his knee, Christopher Vermeulen has bowed out of the World Superbike series for the remainder of the 2010 season. The Australian racer first injured his knee at WSBK’s opening round at Phillip Island, and has been plagued by the injury ever since. Now with his crash at Brno, Vermeulen has decided to persue a ligament replacement surgery that he had previously shelved until after this racing days were over.
With a six month recovery time expected from the ligament surgery, Vermeulen is a scratch for the rest of the year. Instead Kawasaki and Vermeulen are focusing on the 2011 season, where Chris will be in better physical condition, and Kawasaki will have the all new 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R.
It’s not clear at this time who will be replacing Vermeulen at Kawasaki Racing Team.
Source: Kawasaki Racing Team