Kawasaki confirms Vermeulen Valencia replacement

Kawasaki names Simon Andrews for the World Superbike Championship event at Valencia in Spain
Kawasaki has confirmed that Simon Andrews will replace Chris Vermeulen for this weekend's third round of the World Superbike Championship in Spain.

Vermeulen has been forced out of the event after undergoing keyhole surgery on the knee injury he picked up in the Phillip Island season-opener.

Having replaced Vermeulen for the recent Valencia test, BSB racer Andrews will now get the chance to team up with Tom Sykes for the weekend and admitted he was thrilled to be given the chance to race on the WSBK stage.

"I'm delighted to be given an opportunity to race for the Kawasaki Racing Team and am really looking forward to the weekend,” he said. “I had a good test with the team recently and get on well with everyone so I'm confident of a good result as the bike is great. It's very flattering also to know that the team and factory are looking to me to help achieve some good results so I plan to reward them as best I can."

Team-mate Sykes admitted it was disappointing that Vermeulen will be forced to miss a second successive race meeting but said he was confident of scoring points for the team at Valencia.

"Straight after the Portimao race we had a two-day test at Valencia where I did a lot of laps and tried a number of new things on the ZX-10R,” he said. “We were happy enough with the test and have come away with further understanding of the bike and a good base setting for the race.

“We were a bit unlucky with the weather during the test as it was really windy and the track temperature was a bit cold, so lap times weren't so comparable to the race from last year, but we have continued to move forward and progress and I'm feeling very optimistic and positive about the weekend ahead.

“It's unfortunate that we will be missing Chris once again for this race but the team and I will be giving our best so we can hopefully claw back some valuable points."

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Vermeulen, Australian WSBK Race 1 2010
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Simon Andrews, MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: MSS Colchester Kawasaki]
Simon Andrews - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Rea, Sykes, Davies, Podium, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
Sykes, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
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Rea, Sykes, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
Rea, Sykes, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
Sykes celebration, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
Rea, Sykes, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
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Nique - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 1:30 PM

@ Einstein Well Lascorz on a Superbike and Supersport...Hmmm a tall ask...and a highside waiting to happen I reckon. Personally I'm really pleased for Simon. He's done superbly on the Kwak last year...not helped by his injury. Kwak are behind the game so it makes sense for them to hire someone on similar machinery to fill in. I suppose Birdy could have gone for someone like Lavilla, who I think is doing Spanish Superbikes or summat, but he had his go with Birdy previously. Too soon for a move to WSB I rekon for Simon, but it won't hurt his reputation to get seen out there. A DNF and an 8th in BSB....not a great start but its still early doors. Go #17 :)

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