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Vermeulen out of season opener

The Japanese veteran gets the chance to ride the new ZX-10R at the Phillip Island test.
Akira Yanagawa has been given a last-minute call-up to replace Chris Vermeulen for the final World Superbike Championship test at Phillip Island.

The Kawasaki test rider takes the place of the beleaguered Vermeulen, whose lengthy struggle with a knee injury has forced him to concede defeat ahead of what would have been his home round.

A year on from when he first hurt the knee in a crash during race two at Phillip Island, Vermeulen – who underwent surgery in August 2010 - had hoped to participate in the pre-season test before making his racing return later in the week.

However, doctors have advised the former MotoGP rider to delay his comeback until round two at Donington Park in a month's time over concerns he won't be able to stand the longevity of a race weekend.

As such, Yanagawa is riding the third factory Kawasaki alongside Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz at Phillip Island, the 39-year-old returning to the WSBK fold having deputised for Vermeulen at Silverstone last season.



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Knowfukall - Unregistered

February 21, 2011 4:56 AM

Unless Easton is testing elsewhere with the British Kawasaki team at the moment this seems a strange choice. Considering he did test at Sepang last month with the team and won Macau for them last year.

ry - Unregistered

February 21, 2011 4:55 AM

i hate to say it but it looks like Verm's future is going down the same road that Hopper's did.... he's fast when he's not hurt but he's hurt the entire season. I hope not for his sake.



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