Chris Vermeulen's return from injury at Assen on Sunday saw the former WSBK and MotoGP race winner finally claim his first points of 2010.

The Australian badly injured his knee at the Phillip Island season-opener and was still well below full fitness for his round four comeback in Holland, but overcame another spill in qualifying - and a 19th place start - to reach the flag in 17th and then 14th places.

"We finished both races, one in the points," began Vermeulen. "It was difficult to race and I had painkillers and strapping on the knee all weekend. We managed to get there even if the bike set up was not ideal because we had to compromise the settings and my riding position because of the injury.

"But that side is only going to get better and I am hoping it will be 100% better by the time we get to Monza. With two more weeks of physiotherapy, my knee will improve and I will see how we are in Italy. Scoring points is a real positive that we can take out of this weekend," he concluded.

Team-mate Tom Sykes finished twelfth in race one before being taken out by Lorenzo Lanzi on the opening lap of race two.

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