World Superbike News
Kawasaki Racing Team rider Chris Vermeulen will undergo a knee operation this Friday after being declared unfit to ride for the remainder of the Hannspree World Superbike Season.Vermeulen attended several consultations last week with a renowned sports surgeon, Dr. Pruna in Barcelona, where the No. 77 rider underwent further scans to analyze the extent of his complicated right-knee injury. The decision was made yesterday for Vermeulen to undergo key-hole surgery to repair the two of the three damaged ligaments, providing the stability in the knee that has been such a problem for him over the last few months.Although Vermeulen should be mobile within a week after the operation, the post- rehabilitation will be intensive therefore he will be based at his residence in Andorra, near to Barcelona, for physiotherapy for two months after the operation. A full recovery is estimated between four to six months.Vermeulen has been suffering with the injury since the Phillip Island race and is relieved to finally have a plan of action to ensure a return to full fitness in time for the 2011 Kawasaki race programme.Chris Vermeulen says: “The decision to sit out of the remainder of the 2010 race and test season was a mutual one from both me and the team. It is only too apparent that I have not been able to recuperate from my right knee injury sustained at Phillip Island and the crash in Brno further set me back.”“The team have been patient with my slow recovery but it is not in my best interest or the teams to continue with the lack of progress we’ve made in a championship which is so competitive, even when you are 100% fit!”“I have sought expert medical advice in Barcelona this week where the specialists have advised I have key-hole surgery to clean-up the damaged ligaments. I have been informed that I will be able to walk soon after but I’ll have to undergo extensive physiotherapy for at least two months so we will be based in Andorra for the time being! I will keep you posted after the operation via my website.”Akira Yanagawa will replace Vermeulen for the Silverstone round of the Hannspree World Superbike Championship. An announcement will follow regarding who will ride the ZX-10R for the Kawasaki Racing Team for the last three rounds.