Vermeulen to Miss Miller World Superbike

2011 World Superbike

As expected, Kawasaki Racing’s Chris Vermeulen will miss the American round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend.

The Australian won’t pilot the Kawasaki ZX-10R at Miller due to recuperating from an elbow injury sustained during high side in practice for the last round (4) in Monza, Italy,

Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki ZX-10R World Superbike) says: “It is disappointing to not race in America but my injuries are still healing. The good thing is they are improving. The decision was taken with the team and Kawasaki to miss the race and concentrate on testing.

“That’s not only for myself to get some time under my belt away from the racing, but also to get more information about the bike. That means I should hopefully come back strong at Misano which is a track I know quite well. I have never ridden at Aragon before so it will be good to get some track time in and learn the track before we go there after Misano.”

Vermeulen is expected to do some private testing at Aragon in early June as he preps for a hopeful return at Misano, the round following Miller Superbike.

After missing the first two rounds of 2011 World Superbike due to a knee injury that sidelined him in 2010, Vermeulen attempted a return at Assen. But after completing just seven laps, he was sidelined once again due to not being healed.

Monza was supposed to be his official return, but Vemeulen went down at Monza’s Ascari corner, injuring his elbow. Vermeulen attempted to rejoin the 2011 Monza WSBK grid, but when he got onto the track, three stitched opened under his leathers, causing discomfort on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.