British Superbike’s Simon Andrews will compete with the best World Superbike riders this weekend for Round 3 at Valencia, the Brit temporary replacing the injured Chris Vermeulen.
Vermeulen, who underwent keyhole surgery last week on the right knee the Australian injured during a high-speed crash at Phillip Island, is expected to return to WSBK action for Round 4 in Assen.Andrews, who finished the 2009 British Superbike Championship in sixth, was able to practice at Valencia for two days on the Paul Bird Kawasaki ZX-10R. But the 26-year-old is not a complete stranger to World Superbike; Andrews competed during the Donington round last year, with a 10th-place finish in race 2. He rode a MSS Colchester Kawasaki, the same team that he rides for in British Superbike. Simon Andrews
says: "I am excited by the chance of riding for the Kawasaki Racing Team in World Superbike this weekend. It was good of them to give me the chance to test before the race. It went well; we all worked hard and moved forwards. It was also good to have raced last weekend in BSB as I have already had a taste of competition. From a rider’s point of view it is good to work with the people they have in the KRT set-up." Simon placed 24 during the first round of qualifying at Valencia Saturday.