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Second fastest Sykes 'happy' with final shakedown

29 November 2012

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes hailed a 'productive' three-day test at Jerez in Spain after the British rider ended the shakedown with the second fastest unofficial time on Wednesday.

World Superbike star Sykes managed a lap in 1m 40.4s that left him fractionally behind Aprilia's Eugene Laverty, who clocked a 1m 40.185s on the RSV4, as he rounded out the 2012 season on a high prior to the winter testing ban.

“Today was very productive and I did 89 laps, which is about four race distances, so needless to say I will sleep well tonight!” Sykes said.

“I am happy because we know what we need to do and we have taken a lot of information from this test.

“Monday was my first dry day here at Jerez because I had only been able to do ten wet laps before.

“I am still finding a few little secrets so I am happy because many other riders have been here many times, especially the ex-GP riders,” he added.

“Our times were pretty good. I did a 1'40.4 on an SC1 tyre and although we went to try an SC0 tyre at the end if the day, with the low sun and so on, I thought we would give it a miss.

“At the end of the day this is testing and it has been a good experience.

"We have done some good laps, fast and consistently and we have worked on various settings on the bike.”


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