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Vermeulen, Kawasaki test again at Almeria

Chris Vermeulen and Kawasaki maintain their intensive testing programme with two days of running in Almeria.
Chris Vermeulen is continuing to reacquaint himself with Superbike machinery after taking to the track in Almeria for two days of testing with Kawasaki.

The Australian has completed a handful of tests behind closed doors in recent weeks since officially joining the Japanese manufacturer from Suzuki, Kawasaki giving the former WSBK runner-up time to get up to speed on the ZX-10R before pitting him against his prospective rivals.

Building on the progress made at a test in Cartagena earlier this month, Vermeulen worked on the setting the bike up over the faster Almeria layout. Although Vermeulen was hampered by having to learn the circuit initially, he was pleased with his performance.

“Our test went well,” he said. “It was good, my first time at Almeria so I was finding my way around the track again. It was the second test with all the team together and the guys are gelling well as a unit.

“We continued our work on from the progress we made at our Cartagena test recently; suspension adjustment and chassis, understanding what changes do what to the bike. We were also working on suspension on a faster circuit.”

“The bike felt quite nice and of course we still have some areas to improve. We want to work on the front of the bike to get some more feeling and feedback. But as a whole, it worked quite well. I am looking forward to testing at Jerez next because I know that circuit very well.”

No lap times were released by the team, but Kawasaki SRT manager Paul Risbridger says improvements were made by the end of the second day.

“We ran until about 4pm on the final day at Almeria and then it started raining but we got two good solid days out of it. No crashes and no problems, so good steady progress was made. We were chipping away at the lap times and improved them on day two. That test consolidated where we are in our development. We have a good understanding now and that's very positive.”

Testing resumes this week at Jerez.


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