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Sykes stays positive after Phillip Island blow
15 February 2013
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes was looking on the bright side after a crash during day one of the World Superbike test at Phillip Island brought the Briton's early preparations to a swift halt.
Sykes suffered a small fracture to his left wrist after he went down on Thursday after completing less than 10 laps of the Australian circuit.
He sat out the second day of the unofficial test on Friday, opting to rest up for the official two-day shakedown on Monday and Tuesday.
“I hurt my left hand in a crash after less than ten laps of the circuit, so we decided to rest up afterwards so I can be ready for the official tests in a few days,” said Sykes.
“I do not do much crashing but I got caught out and these things happen in racing.
“Now we just have to react in the best way to be ready for the next test and then the race.
“There is no point pushing it because my first flying lap at Phillip Island was nearly into the 1m 34s, so I have confidence with my feeling on the bike,” he added.
Sykes is confident he can make up for lost time next week during the official test, citing the 'massive progress' made over the winter as a solid starting point for the opening world championship round at Phillip Island on February 24.
“We have a test next week and between Kawasaki and the boys in the team, plus all our technical sponsors, we have made massive progress over the winter, so the bike is ready to go,” he said.
“All we missed out on so far are a few extra laps.”