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Elbow injury forced Vermeulen withdrawal

Chris Vermeulen insists his knee is fine after his crash at Monza, insisting it was a gash on his elbow that prevented him from competing.
Chris Vermeulen's stuttering return to World Superbike competition at Monza received another setback as he was forced to sit out Monza because of an elbow injury.

The Australian, who has been battling issues with his knee for more than a year now and has started just one race this season, fell heavily during Friday free practice, hurting his elbow when it was caught under his Kawasaki.

Forced to sit out Saturday, though Vermeulen was hoping to return for the races, doctors' advice would force him to withdraw altogether.

“My elbow is the only problem, even though the rest of me is a bit sore after my Friday fall. They say the gash in my elbow needs about six stitches in it and the elbow has swollen up a lot inside. I have been having it drained of fluid a couple of times a day.

“They say there is nothing majorly wrong with my elbow and it was only a problem because it got stuck under the bike when I crashed. I [was] advised not to ride this weekend but the good thing is that my knee feels a lot better and we were reasonably quick after only a few laps.”


Tagged as: Kawasaki , Chris Vermeulen , Monza

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trr - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 11:22 AM

If Hopper got another chance to restart his career, Vermi has to have one as well! I am sure he will be back, just the matter of time. Bayliss does not recommend someone as his own replacement just for nothing.

Agro - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 1:22 PM

This guy did more on a Suzuki that Spies, Toseland, Edwards, Simoncelli etc have so far managed on far superior machinery. And Kawasaki having more than a single brain cell realise that an injury free CV is an asset.



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