There was a lot of hype around the entry of former MotoGP star Chris Vermuelen (not to mention the even more ill-fated Hopkins) which failed to climax due to a serious knee injury not long after his debut. Vermeulen says that it's up to Kawasaki to decide when/if he returns to the series and team, but hopes to be back by Sepang. The Australian recently rode a motorcycle for the first time since his injury:
"I had my first ride on a motorbike today, on a little flat track circuit at my house, which has got a few left and right corners around it. Not motocross or anything like that, just a flat dirt track. I was pretty steady but it was good to get back on a bike. I only rode for about 20 minutes but I hope to ride every couple of days from now on. It wasn't actually that weird a feeling, but that was the first time I had ridden any motorbike since the Brno WSBK round."