After confirming his return from injury to World Superbike Championship competition, Chris Vermeulen has revealed that he hopes to be able to pick back up from where he left off with Kawasaki Racing at Assen in the Netherlands this weekend – a circuit around which the Australian has excellent previous form.
Vermeulen has recovered well from recent keyhole surgery on the injured right knee he sustained on his WSBK comeback on home turf in the Phillip Island curtain-raiser in late February, but the 27-year-old is still working hard to get full bend and strength back before practice starts.
The Brisbane native does, however, boast an enviable Superbike record at Assen, having taken three of his ten career victories at the legendary circuit – which has been moderately re-designed for this year to make it longer and even faster than before – prior to moving into MotoGP. With a degree of Dutch family heritage, he knows moreover that he will be able to count upon support from the enthusiastic local crowd once again.
“I want to be able to come back and ride at my normal level,” Vermeulen asserted. “The daily physiotherapy is all starting to pay off. I am optimistic that [the knee] will have improved even more by race weekend, and Assen has lots of flowing parts so you do get a little bit more time to move your body weight around.”