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Kawasaki concludes successful test

Tom Sykes laps the Sepang circuit with a 2mins 04secs as Kawasaki brings four days of testing the new ZX-10R to a close.
Kawasaki says it is looking forward to going up against its rivals at the upcoming World Superbike group test after completing four days of trouble-free running at Sepang.

Tom Sykes, Joan Lascorz and Chris Vermeulen were all on track to continue developing the new ZX-10R, though the latter managed just limited mileage as he maintains a course of rehabilitation.

With Lascorz admitting he isn't quite 100 per cent either following several months out through injury himself, Sykes was the team's fastest rider at the end of the test, posting an unofficial best of around 2mins 04secs on race tyres, though the Briton was more consistently in the 2mins 05secs bracket.

With no WSBK action taking place in Sepang, measuring Kawasaki against its rivals is difficult, though it is worth noting that Valentino Rossi's fastest lap from the Malaysian Grand Prix last year was a 2mins 02.117secs.

“I felt really good at this test and overall I am quite pleased with how things went,” Sykes, who scored a pole position at Imola last season, said. “We did well in the first couple of days and reached a high level, but even on the final day we made a big step and picked up more momentum. The step came from the geometry and chassis side, and we have such a good balance on the bike now for my riding style.

“This good direction should take us through to the start of the season. We did not have the chance to try and get a real fast lap but our pace was good and it was a really positive test. I'm looking forward to the Portimao sessions now, and we will have completed a lot of testing by the time the season starts.”

With Kawasaki having now completed more testing miles than any of its WSBK rivals, it will next be seen at Portimao where it will meet its rivals for the first official pre-season test.



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Dannyboy

January 14, 2011 4:23 PM
Last Edited 368 days ago

WOW! Thats fast! For a new bike in it's early stages of development thats great. Count your blessings you kept Sykes Kawi! He may just be the dark horse for this season.

JDW - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 5:28 PM

Tom must have been gutted after his maiden voyage on the Yamaha being an utter disaster, exacerbated by the dominance of teammate Spies......what a wonderful turnaround to see Tom getting some spectacular results at the end of last season and now appears to be the fastest man on a bike that appears to have some serious potential. It is really great to see a turn of fortune like this, well done to Tom for keeping motivated and focused, I hope to see him win the championship, wouldn't that be a story!..



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