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Sykes, Baz conclude two-day Valencia test
31 October 2012
Kawasaki Racing's Tom Sykes and Loris Baz have completed a two-day test at Valencia as part of the team's preparations for the 2013 World Superbike Championship.
The duo took full advantage of dry conditions on the first day to get to grips with their new ZX-10Rs on 17-inch tyres, although rain at lunchtime on Tuesday brought their schedule to a premature halt.
Sykes' best lap of 1m 32.8s compared to his time of 1m 33.1s at the circuit in testing last year, while Baz lapped in 1m 33.4s.
Sykes said: “To be honest the lap times came quite comfortably and we had a decent pace on the first day.
“We only used one set of tyres on the final morning and on lap 15 I equalled my best from day one but then the rains came and we had to stop early.
“We got some good information to keep moving forward with development of the Ninja ZX-10R,” he added.
“I am already familiar and comfortable with the 17-inch tyres and they worked well with myself and the Kawasaki around Valencia.
“Overall I am happy with that we have been doing so far.”
Baz felt he could have knocked half-a-second off his time on day two before rain stopped play.
“The test went well, very positive, so it was a pity that the rains came in the afternoon of the second day because we still had some things to try,” he said.
“I think I could have gone maybe even 0.5 seconds faster, I'm sure.
“I had a good pace straight away on the first day, so I am happy.
“The evolution of the bike went in a good way so everything is positive.”
Kawasaki will test again at Motorland Aragon in the middle of November, with a three-day shakedown planned.