Chris Vermeulen.
Chris Vermeulen. Warren Lynam

Pressure's on to hit form fast

CHRIS Vermeulen says he will be racing for his future when he makes his return to the track next month.

The Sunshine Coast-rider is back at his Yandina home this week, resting and recuperating after missing last weekend’s English round of the World Superbikes Championship at Silverstone.

He has been given the month off by his Kawasaki team after cracking a vertebra and tearing a tendon in his elbow when coming off his bike in practice last month in the Czech Republic.

Vermeulen will be sighted next at the German round, which starts on September 4, the fourth-last race of the season.

He is yet to sign with a team for next year but remains confident of securing a ride.

Kawasaki has not formalised its team make-up and is rumoured to be cutting its stable from three riders to two.

Vermeulen said he wanted to get back on track as soon as possible and prove what he was capable of in the final rounds.

“There’s a few teams changing the manufacturers they’re working with and I think 90% of the riders, their contracts finish at the end of this year,” he said.

“You may see a lot of teams and riders moving around. I think all that’s up in the air at the moment and everybody’s talking to every


Vermeulen said the latest setback was frustrating after spending most of 2010 and part this year on the sideline due to a knee injury.

“It was going well and I finished top 10 in my first race back and it wasn’t bad because we hadn’t done that many laps on the motorbike,” he said. “I was as fast, if not faster, than my teammates. Things were going good, but this crash – I hurt my back, it slows everything down.”

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