Vermeulen leaves Sepang test early to focus on recovery
Chris Vermeulen has returned home to Australia after completing less than 20 laps in a scheduled four day test at Sepang in Malaysia. The 28 year old Australian rode on the morning of the first day, but after his knee became swollen elected not to take any further part in the test.
It was the first time Vermeulen had ridden the all new Kawasaki ZX-10R and despite only completing minimal time on the bike was happy with the balance and feel of the new bike.
Speaking to MCN from Malaysia, Team Manager Paul Risbridger said:
“Chris’ recovery remains on schedule, but he found that riding the bike and bending his knee more than it has been has did aggravated it.
“We took the view that riding was actually going to hinder the recovery process rather than help it, but in the laps that he did he was happy with the feeling of the bike which is positive. Phillip Island is still over four weeks away and it is everyone’s belief that he will be able ready to ride at the first race.”
For full insight into Kawasaki’s Sepang test see MCN out Wednesday 19th January.