Chris Vermeulen.
Chris Vermeulen.

Crash sets Vermuelen back

INJURIES have continued to hamper Chris Vermeulen's World Superbikes Championships campaign.

The Yandina racer, who has already missed a host of races through injury, crashed in Friday's practice session ahead of round 8 at Brno.

He was hopeful of taking to the grid for last night's race, but was clearly suffering on the weekend as a result of the accident.

“I fell in the first session yesterday (Friday) and I landed on my same elbow I had injured previously,” he said after battling through the remaining practice sessions and qualifying.

“It has swollen up quite a lot. There is no major damage and the doctors said I could ride but it would be painful.

“I also landed on my back, which is quite stiff and sore.”

The Friday fall determined much of Vermeulen's subsequent practice results. He finished 20th in combined qualifying, and then missed out on a Superpole place.

“We started one session behind because my bike was damaged in the Friday crash and we could not get it fixed in time to go out again.

“In the afternoon it went well and the times came a bit better. On Saturday we were not able to improve the bike to get that next half-second, which is what I needed to get into that next group ahead.”