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Challenging weekend for Vermeulen at San Marino

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Chris Vermeulen found round 8 of the Superbike World Championship a challenge after finishing 16th and 15th at at Misano, Italy.

Vermeulen, starting from row six in each race, implemented changes to his set-up for race two, including a change of tyre choice for the slightly hotter track temperatures, and found them all a benefit. He improved both his race time and his result and was confident of even more had he started further up the grid.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a challenging weekend and we were disappointed to have missed out Superpole for the first time this year," Vermeulen said.

"We made small improvements over the weekend and took a different direction for race two, which was a big improvement. I ran 12 seconds closer to the front than in race one and we went for a softer tyre on the rear, which gave much better grip from the start. We still have a lot of work to do on making progress with the bike but I‰Ûªm looking forward to the two day test this week in Imola, my first test since the start of the season, so we can make further progress and be more competitive in the races," the Australian concluded.

Vermeulen now undergoes two days of testing with his Kawasaki Racing Teamat Imola on 29 and 30 June, in readiness for that round of the series in September - but before that race there is the ninth round of this busy season to contest, at Brno on July 11th.

Main Photo: Chris Vermeulen

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