Vermeulen injury rules out Valencia

WSBK Report

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Chris Vermeulen has visited an orthopedic surgeon in Belgium after missing out on the second round of the World Superbike season at Portimao.

The 27-year-old from Brisbane announced in a blog, posted on his personal website, that he had undergone an arthroscopy operation with Dr Claes last week to help speed up his recovery.

Vermeulen, who spearheads the Kawasaki attack after returning to WSB this year, had an unfortunate start to the year when he damaged his right knee in a high-speed motorcycle racing crash in the second race at Phillip Island. After deciding on an early return in Portugal, he was only able to complete two laps of practice on board his ZX-10R before giving up for the rest of the weekend.

The Australian said the operation had been successful, despite the serious damage his knee had suffered, but confirmed that he would miss out on this week’s SBK round at Valencia and that he hopes to be fit for round four at Assen at the end of April.