Chris Vermeulen has expressed his delight at getting back on the Kawasaki for a full day of useful riding at Donington Park, but admitted it wasn't worth pushing the sore knee over the remaining days.

The Australian completed his first lap on a race weekend in more than eight months when he ventured out during free practice and first qualifying on the Saturday, Vermeulen managing 33 laps in all.

However, with the knee proving sore the next morning, Vermeulen decided against pushing his fitness knowing it was unlikely he would qualify for Superpole and take part in the races.

Though he didn't get any higher than the back end of the timesheets, Vermeulen showed some promise by being just 1.6secs slower than team-mate Tom Sykes.

With further tests planned between now and the next event at Assen, Vermeulen is optimistic he will compete in a full race weekend in Holland.

"It was great to get the chance to ride here and we made the most of it on the first day. My knee is just too sore to ride any more this weekend but I hope to get some more track time in on my Ninja ZX-10R before the Assen round and do a complete weekend there.

"The new bike feels good and I have been able to start making changes to the handlebar position and so on, so the track time at Donington has been very useful."

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