WSBK » Vermuelen to skip Portimao tests

The Australian completed just one day of mileage at Sepang and will miss the Portimao tests.

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January 14, 2011 11:04 AM

Just a side point to the Vermeulen story,what is classed as a "succesful four days"? times,maybe because of no official timing?a rough idea of the competetiveness of the bike on that track would help us green meanie fans.

Keefypee - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 11:09 AM

Doesn't seem that Chris is yet ready for battle, does it? Hope he can get fully fit in time for Philip Island. It would be a shame for him to have to sit out the first couple of rounds, rather than start as he means to go on. Hope you get yourself sorted in time.


January 14, 2011 11:19 AM
Last Edited 1936 days ago

What the story fails to mention is that Chris only managed 2 runs totalling to 20 laps all together and it was only half a day he completed (Morning) while out in Sepang beofre his knee ballooned and he was struggling to walk let-alone ride on it.
If i were Kawasaki i would be pretty worried at the minute. It is only 4 weeks till Philip island, and Chris doesnt seem even close to being ready to be back racing or testing yet. And what about the future??? i'd be extremely worried the first time he comes off the bike his knee will be goosed again... Expect to see Staurt Easton on this bike by the end of the season...


January 14, 2011 1:13 PM

I really fear for CV. He has already sat out one season and judging by this he is unlikely to start this one, and even if he does, he'll be riding defensively. I haven't heard any reports of Joan lascorz's times, but if I were Birdy I would be looking for back up riders! I think CV should hold up his hands, step back and try to get his knee well. Being able to walk is simply more important.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 1:20 PM

No need to look for back up riders - the team only have four bikes and three riders - so if one drops out both riders will have a spare bike like all the other teams. Long interview with Birdy in yesterdays MCN where he confirms that the team didn't have the finance to run six bikes. He also says that Vermeulen my not be fit to start at the first round - interesting as the interview was conducted before this test commenced.


January 14, 2011 2:18 PM
Last Edited 1935 days ago

CV is a very very good rider, I hope he decides to sit out as long as it takes if the knee really needs it. If he needs to sit out the entire season (2011) then so be it. Health comes first. Besides, he can never ride to his full potential if he isn't %100 fit for racing. Would be a shame if his carrier came to an end with an injury though.

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