Kawasaki's dreams of establishing itself as a World Superbike Championship front runner remain well on course following a successful outing during testing at Motorland Aragon.
Continuing development of the ZX-10R, Kawasaki were amongst the pace setters in Spain with Tom Sykes emerging third overall at the end of three days behind Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa, but ahead of both BMWs, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga.
Introducing news parts to the bike over the course of the test, Sykes – who was confirmed as part of an expanded three rider line-up at Kawasaki for 2011 – was delighted with the rapid rate of progress.
“We were pleased with the test and to be this close to the front at this stage was promising. Overall we had a good understanding of the complete package and we got through quite a few things.
“Finding a good base setting was the main objective, but at the end we also tried something a bit different on the bike, and again found quite a significant improvement. Overall, I am very pleased with the way things went.”
Sykes will be joined by Chris Vermeulen and Joan Lascorz in the team for next season.