Chris Vermeulen says he is feeling more like his 'old self' following the decision to focus on testing, rather than racing at the previous Miller Motorsports Park round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship.
The Australian, who has been suffering with elbow and knee injuries, skipped the previous event to work on his fitness during a private test at Motorland Aragon, Vermeulen completing 132 laps aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10R over two days.
With the sixth round of the season at Misano looming, Vermeulen will now bid to complete a whole race weekend of practice, qualifying and two races, something he hasn't been able to do for almost a year.
“We tested recently at Aragon, at the full Superbike track and it was good because I had never been there, which means I have learned the layout for that race which happens right after Misano. The first day I did 60 laps and the second day 72, so it wasn't too bad.
“We got a lot of work done and tried a lot of parts and settings. My previously injured knee is a lot better than it has been. I am feeling more and more back to my old self on the bike. The elbow I injured recently will also be a lot better when we get to Misano.
“Now I am just looking forward to getting to a racetrack I know well, on a bike I have tested and ridden a lot more now.”
Vermeulen has started just one WSBK race this year, at Assen, but withdrew after eight laps and did not start the second encounter.