Chris Vermeulen says an extra two tenths is all he needs to break the top ten ahead of the opening World Superbike round in Australia following a progressive performance during testing.

The Australian was trialling the Kawasaki ZX-10R around a familiar circuit for the first time, the former MotoGP rider ending up 16th on the timesheets, but just two tenths adrift off Leon Camier in ninth.

It's a deficit Vermeulen is confident he can recover when competition gets underway at Phillip Island this weekend.

"We improved in every session around here, and it was good to be riding at a track I really knew. We tried out some new linkage and shock components and they really helped with weight transfer.

"Now we are at the stage of trying to dial the bike in and understand the different race tyres. We still have work to do on race weekend and the times were so close at this test. Another two-tenths and I would have moved up about six places."


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