Vermeulen may not race at Donington

The Kawasaki rider is looking forward to getting back to action, but is under no illusions that this weekend will be a mere 'test' for him.
Chris Vermeulen says he may sit out the two World Superbike races at Donington Park this weekend as a precaution, but will almost certainly participate in the preceding practice and qualifying sessions.

The Australian, who has battled a serious knee injury for more than a year now, returns to competitive action for the first time in eight months at Donington Park having been given the green light by doctors to compete aboard the Kawasaki.

However, while Vermeulen, who tested the ZX-10R briefly during a private session at Cadwell Park this week, is excited to be rejoining the WSBK fray, he may stop short of actually racing this weekend.

“I will ride to use this weekend but almost as a test at first,” he said. “From my doctor's point of view I am improving well, but I should just be increasing my riding step-by-step. I rode at Cadwell Park, did about 30 laps in total on the Ninja ZX-10R, and it felt really good.

“My speed was OK but I was not going to break any lap records. My knee started to swell up afterwards so we rested it up. We have decided to ride this weekend but to look at it as a test; not only for my knee but to get some information on the bike, to ride the new generation Pirellis and just get out there on track and see how it goes.

“If it goes well we will race, but at this stage races may be quite difficult.”

Moving forward, Vermeulen will compete in all sessions at Assen, whie it is anticipated that he will be back to full speed by Monza.

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s - Unregistered

March 25, 2011 1:20 AM

Always been a CV fan, but I've been thinking for some time now that he'll never get back and really be able to compete. His return has been pushed back so many times I've stopped believing any of it--and won't until I see him run a full race distance, let alone 2 in one day. And, like it or not, even while he's sidelined, the clock keeps ticking on his career. Unfortunately, I fear he'll end up like Neil Hodgson--give it a go, but be faced with the fact that the injury just won't ever heal well enough to allow him to race competitively. Hope I'm wrong, but it's just such an unfortunate situation that really doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Brad - Unregistered

March 25, 2011 10:14 AM

Come on guys go easy, everyone forgets what a role model he is. You never see the guy frown, he always tries his hardest. I remember seeing him in the Motogp paddock a few years ago and certain other 'stars' ignored this little girl with down syndrome. Not CV. No forced smiles or acting - just true class. Barry Sheen would still back a bloke like CV - as hopefully everyone else does too. With the knee injury, he can't just ride through it, the swelling impedes movement, there is no way around it. CV will be back.

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