Chris Vermeulen is looking forward to returning to World Superbike racing after completing a significant amount of testing between rounds ahead of Assen.

The Australian made his WSBK return at Donington Park, following several months out through injury, though he would manage just one day of running before deciding to preserve his knee.

Since then, Vermeulen has conducted more intensive tests on the Kawasaki ZX-10R in an effort to get back to race fitness, most recently completing several laps at Brands Hatch.

It means Vermeulen has been given the opportunity to compare the new ZX-10R with that of its predecessor, the former MotoGP race winner labelling it as a 'big step forward'

"My impressions of the new bike are all positive. Kawasaki has done an amazing job with it and I am just excited to look at the development of this bike, even thought it is in the early stages.

"I think the biggest difference on the new model comes from the chassis, the balance and the character the bike has in turning. Also the electronics are a big step forward. The engine feels smoother even thought it is more powerful, and the whole bike is what we need to compete."

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