Chris Vermeulen (above) completed a limited number of laps but overall came away quite impressed with the 2011 ZX-10R and its development. Tom Sykes (below) also took part in the Sepang test along with Joan Lascorz.
At the start of four days of testing for KRT at Sepang in Malaysia Chris Vermeulen had his first taste of the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R, as he made his comeback ride after recuperating from knee surgery. Unlike his team-mates Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz, Vermeulen had never ridden the new bike before today and was instantly impressed with it, despite setting a limited number of laps. This was a first ride in Malaysia for Sykes and Lascorz, although Vermeulen has ridden at Sepang on many previous occasions.
Sykes and Lascorz used the first day to familiarize themselves with the wide and comparatively long circuit in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, and find base settings to work with for the rest of the tests.
Chris Vermeulen said of his first day back in the saddle: “I eased into it today and only did a limited number of laps, over three separate runs. I stopped before lunch today and then the rains came later in the afternoon, but we will go out again tomorrow. The new bike feels really good. The last bike I rode around Sepang was a GP machine, so to be impressed with this motorbike already shows it is a very good start. All the guys have done a great job in developing it. I was happy to come away with that positive impression, even after a relatively short number of laps so far. Right now I cannot quite bend my knee enough when going round right hand corners, but my knee has improved a lot over the last couple of weeks. Everything in the recovery of my knee is going to plan, and in fact I am quite a bit ahead of what the doctors expected. My muscle growth is good, particularly considering I have only been walking for three weeks.”
Also joining the three works KRT riders in Sepang is the Pedercini Kawasaki Team who will be using the opportunity to learn more from the Factory team’s experience with the new Ninja ZX-10R. The crews will continue on track tomorrow, take a break for a day on 12th January and then complete their final tests on Thursday and Friday.