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Sykes concludes testing on top at Aragon
4 April 2013
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes appears to be feeling no ill effects from the injuries he suffered in a crash prior to the opening World Superbike round in Australia as he concluded a three-day test at Motorland Aragon at the top of the times.
Sykes broke his left wrist and sustained three broken ribs in the fall in February and although he concedes he is still less than fully fit, the British rider set the pace at the private test in Spain with a best lap time of 1m 57.2s.
He concentrated on experimenting with new components for the chassis of his factory ZX-10R and tried several engine improvements as part of the overall KHI development programme during the shakedown.
Dry but windy weather on day one gave way to less breezy conditions on the second day of the test, although rain caused problems on the final day on Wednesday, which concluded earlier than scheduled at 3pm.
Sykes said: “I think that my wrist is about 80% and my ribs 98% back to normal, so that was good.
“I was able to ride the bike again without too many limitations.
"We had some rain in the final afternoon but we had already finished just about everything we had wanted to do at the end of the second day.
“We were going to do a couple of long runs on two different settings today but the rain interrupted that,” he added.
“We have put a lot of laps on our tyres here and we still have all of race weekend to check out the final tyre situation for race day.
“This test has also brought us some benefits in performance.”
Fixi Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel, Pata Honda's Leon Haslam and Jonthan Rea, plus Pedercini Kawasaki duo Federico Sandi and Alexander Lundh also participated in the test, along with 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.
The second round of the championship takes place at Motorland Aragon on Sunday, April 14.