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Sykes remains quickest in Aragon test
4 April 2013
Tom Sykes continued to shrug off concerns over his recent rib and wrist injuries as he continued to lower the benchmark during the second day of a private test at Motorland Aragon.
Sykes's Kawasaki Racing team is present in Spain, alongside Pata Honda, Fixi Crescent Suzuki and Pedercini Kawasaki, this week ahead of the second round of the World Superbike Championship at the same circuit on April 12-14.
Having spent the seven weeks between the Phillip Island opener and the Spanish event recovering from injuries sustained in a pre-season accident, Sykes showed he is almost back to full fitness by pumping in an unofficial lap of 1min 57.7secs.
For reference, Sykes's Superpole winning time in 2012 was a 1m 56.552s, but his testing time was comfortably faster than Marco Melandri's more comparable fastest race lap record.
Three tenths behind him, Leon Camier was second quickest, the Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider just resisting new team-mate Jules Cluzel, the Frenchman making excellent gains to slash almost three seconds off his day one time.
Sykes's team-mate Loris Baz was fourth fastest on the second of the official works Kawasakis, ahead of Pata Honda duo Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea, the British duo just squeezing under the 2mins marker, more than two seconds off Sykes's benchmark time.
Bringing up the rear, behind Ducati test riders Niccolo Canepa and Matteo Baiocco – who will race in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup and the British Superbike Championship respectively this year – were Pedercini Kawasaki's Federico Sandi and Alexander Lundh.