World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen has missed his second chance to test a Honda MotoGP machine, due to a recovering wrist injury, but HRC are still planning to give the young Australian his RCV debut in the near future.

Vermeulen, who won four races for the Ten Kate Honda team on his way to fourth overall in an impressive debut WSBK season, was originally due to ride an RC211V for the first time at Valencia on November 1, alongside 250cc world champion Dani Pedrosa.

However, Chris couldn't attend due to an operation on his wrist - injured at the penultimate Imola round - so HRC arranged an alternative date, at Jerez on November 22.

But the wrist injury has taken longer to heal than anticipated and Vermeulen was only able to complete a handful of laps at the recent Valencia WSBK test - forcing him to also miss the Jerez test.

"Because of the scaphoid injury Chris could not ride the RCV," Ronald ten Kate told "Honda is planning a new date for Chris."

With the winter test ban starting on December 1 and lasting until January 20, it will now be 2005 before Vermeulen finally makes his MotoGP debut.



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