Vermeulen labels new Kawasaki a 'big step forward'

Chris Vermeulen returns to World Superbike racing at Assen, the Australian eager to make the most of the much improved Kawasaki.
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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Gachet - Unregistered

April 13, 2011 12:32 PM

I really hope Chris can make a sucessfull return to action this weekend. When he's back to fitness I'm sure he can run at the front again as he's always been a very talented rider. I remember meeting him at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a few years ago when he had the chance to demonstrate one of Barry Sheene's GP bikes and he seemed like a really nice guy who was genuinely excited to be there.

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