Vermeulen tests Kawasaki in Japan

Chris Vermeulen samples the Kawasaki ZX-10R at the Autopolis circuit in Japan
Chris Vermeulen has made his Kawasaki World Superbike debut behind closed doors after getting a belated opportunity to test the ZX-10R in Japan.

Former World Superbike runner-up Vermeulen makes his return to the series next season after penning a deal to front Kawasaki's campaign in 2010.

Having had his hopes of sampling the bike during the Portimao post-season tests scuppered by Rizla Suzuki's refusal to release him from his contract before the end of the 2009 MotoGP season, Vermeulen has instead been testing at the Autopolis circuit in Japan this week.

Treated as a shakedown for Vermeulen after four years riding MotoGP machinery, the Australian will be back on the bike at Cartagena soon.

"The test is just the first run out on the bike for Chris, it is not a big technical test,” confirmed Kawasaki team manager Paul Risbridger. β€œIt is also his first chance to meet staff from KHI, and get the first impression of the bike, get a feel for the bike. Then we start our real winter test programme in Cartagena and after this test he should be straight on it."

Vermeulen's team-mate, Tom Sykes, tested the ZX-10R at Portimao.

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Otto - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 11:34 AM

Factually, Vermeulen's record on the bike is better than Capirex. Bautista will do no better and will crash a heck of a lot more in the process. Truth is, the bike is a dog and the team 'managed' by a nupty. There is only so much anyone can do in such circumstances, and Chris clearly lost all motivation as the season progressed. Who would want to consistently push to the limit & risk life & limb for such a cr*p team? I hope the move back to WSB works well for him, and he re-finds his motivation and winning ability.

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