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Vermeulen plays down test results

Chris Vermeulen insists he would be just a second off the leaders had he had the opportunity to set a 'qualifying' time at the end of three days of testing in Portugal
Chris Vermeulen played down his fairly low position on the timesheets after three days of testing in Portugal, claiming a combination of factors prevented him from featuring higher.

Vermeulen made his long-awaited public debut aboard a Kawasaki at Portimao, but was stymied early on in the test by being one of only two riders not to have ridden the circuit before.

While rain on day two of the test helped Vermeulen climb the order by virtue of his well-regarded ability in slippery conditions, it meant he only got one day of unhindered dry running. However, when a technical issue late in the day prevented him from joining his rivals in setting a lap time on softer rubber, he was left 14th on the overall timesheets.

As such, the Australian, who joins Kawasaki after four years in MotoGP with Suzuki, was unfazed by the results, insisting he could have been inside the top ten had he gone out on soft tyres.

"It went quite well but we were a bit unlucky with the weather and it is great to have learned the track before we come back here to race. We have different issues, but we are definitely improving the bike and it is moving forward in the right direction.

“To be honest I did my best time on the standard, hard race tyre. At the end we had a small technical problem so we could not use the soft race tyre. I hoped to be closer to the front than the gap we have now, but I think it is realistically more like one second. I think we will get there."

Team-mate Tom Sykes followed Vermeulen in 15th, although he was still being hampered by the shoulder injury he sustained towards the end of the 2009 season.

"My shoulder injury was feeling bad after day one but the guys at the Clinica mobile did a good job and that has made it much better ever since then. Obviously we did a lot of work on the bike to get to the bottom of a few things.

“On our latest suspension there are areas where we have improved and generally there is a better feeling of what's happening with the combination of tarmac, tyres and suspension. The feeling at the handlebars is definitely better overall, giving more direct feedback.

“We have progressed, but we still have some work to do. I am sure we can bring what we need to Phillip Island."

Chris Vermeulen's Portimao test card

Friday AM: 1min 45.957s – 17th
Friday PM: 1min 44.576s – 16th
Saturday AM: (wet) 1min 55.299s – 3rd
Saturday PM: (wet) 1min 54.816s – 12th
Sunday AM: 1min 44.732s – 13th
Sunday PM: 1min 44.108s – 14th

Overall: 1min 44.108s – 14th

Tom Sykes's Portimao test card

Friday AM: 1min 45.142s – 14th
Friday PM: 1min 44.365s – 12th
Saturday AM: (wet) 1min 58.269s – 10th
Saturday PM: (wet) 1min 50.616s – 5th
Sunday AM: 1min 45.234 – 15th
Sunday PM: 1min 44.365s – 15th

Overall: 1min 44.365s – 15th



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RawDawg

January 25, 2010 6:13 PM

tardozzi road racing and circuit racing success are totally independent of each other. Ducati has been dominant in WSBK since it's inception - and how many TT or NW200 victories do they have in the last decade or so? And Suzuki has had great success at the TT in the last decade and only has 1 WSBK title. grantrd It WAS up there in America - Kawasaki didn't race Superbike in 2009. They Hacking was the top Kawasaki finisher at 5th. Rightly or wrongly until the WSBK squad gets good results people will say it's junk. They are a factory squad and should be judged with the other factories. If they keep bringing up the rear don't expect anyone to be singing their praises.

grantrd - Unregistered

January 25, 2010 5:38 PM

anyone who thinks that bike is a heap of junk is an idiot..........its just that final bit from a very experienced team that is needed...if Kawasaki want to take this seriously they need the right people......everyone keeps banging on about how great the bmw is....I think with the right people the Kawasaki would be right up there and better than the bmw.....its up there in America......



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