Crash.Net WSBK News
Kawasaki gearing up for final test
26 November 2012
Kawasaki WSBK stars Tom Sykes and Loris Baz will take part in their final test session of 2012 at Jerez, Spain from November 26-28.
Sykes, title runner-up in 2012, will focus on improving set-up for race distances whilst also learning the new WSBK race venue.
“I have only ever done a few laps at Jerez, due to weather conditions, but it was a circuit that I really enjoyed,” said the Englishman. “It is our final test before the break so hopefully we can gain a lot of information and work hard with this testing data in the off-season.
“This is our last chance to evaluate some parts and ideas, and things are going relatively well, but I would like to get more information to give to the team and KHI engineers so we can arrive at the start of next year in an even stronger condition.
“Pirelli has done a good job with the 17-inch tyres and I am very impressed with them. So far the transition has been quite smooth. We will take the testing as it comes.”
French teenager Baz is looking to build on encouraging recent tests at Aragon and Valencia.
“I hope we can get some nice days of weather in Jerez because I am really looking forward to this test,” he said. “I want to get some more good information before we have the 'relaxed month' of the testing ban. It will be a very important test for next season so I cannot wait to get going.
“I really like Jerez and I am looking forward to riding my Superbike there. We tried some nice things in our previous test at Motorland Aragon and I cannot wait to confirm these good steps in Jerez.”
Team manager Guim Roda summed-up the winter challenge: “Kawasaki and all in the team are working so hard to improve a bike that took second in the WSBK championship, just 0.5 points behind Max Biaggi. So it is not an easy job.
“Tom is also working hard to start on an even better level than he finished this year, which will also not be easy. Loris is the one we have to help manage more as he is 19 years old and yet the level of performance we will request of him for 2013 will not be easy. So he has too has a hard job.
“Let us see in Jerez how we can manage on a new track with no real reference points for us.”