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Sykes posts fastest lap at Phillip Island

'I do not want to get too carried away because I like to keep my feet on the ground, so we'll keep working and see what happens on race weekend' - Tom Sykes
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes maintained his impressive form by toppling Phillip Island hotpot Carlos Checa from the top of the time sheets on the final day of the official World Superbike test.

Sykes' fastest lap of 1m 31.648s was a fraction of a second quicker than the Spaniard and bodes well the Briton, who admits that the Aussie circuit is not one of his favourites.

“We were fast this morning and also this afternoon in hot conditions and we even improved our time compared to yesterday's hot track conditions. Overall we did quite a bit more testing today and certainly stumbled across a couple of good things,” he said.

“At the end of the sessions we did 14 laps on race tyres and it was very consistent, with the times coming easier than they were doing with previous settings. Honestly speaking, this is not one of my favourite circuits; in fact it is one of my least favourite ones, so I am happy that we are towards the front at this track because I know that the performance should increase at the other circuits.

“I do not want to get too carried away because I like to keep my feet on the ground, so we'll keep working and see what happens on race weekend.”

Sykes built on his development work from last weekend's test at Phillip Island and has remained consistently fast as he sets out his stall ahead of the opening round of the championship this weekend.

His team-mate, Joan Lascorz, was 11th fastest overall with a personal best time of 1m 31.540s.

“We have a good rhythm but to do faster single laps is a little more difficult. I can put in a new tyre but lap times are the same. I think it is a lot of things together, but every time we try anything else we come back to the same kind of settings,” said the Spaniard.

“The bike works best in small, slower corners, in the fast corners and over the bumps it feels very hard. It turns very well in the slower corners but the line in the fast corners is critical.

"The plan for the first practice in Friday is more gas! But seriously, we will make a plan to find out the best settings for race weekend.”



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Nick636

February 21, 2012 1:10 PM
Last Edited 944 days ago

Tom HAS to be one of the most modest and level headed guys out there. As I thought though, NOT one of his preferred tracks. Let's HOPE it bodes well for him. As for Joan, even if he qualifies 10th, it's almost a sure thing he'll fight his way up the order, he always races stronger than he qualifies. By far the strongest team Kawasaki has had in years. Maybe had, EVER!?!?!

swedeman - Unregistered

February 21, 2012 7:02 PM

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Tom, along with Jamie Whitam, I can honestly say that the guy is so realistic and grounded in his aspirations and he left me with the feeling that his team were going to have their year. I really hope and believe that it will happen. He carefully explained the difference between PBM and the new team and it seems like chalk and cheese! So I have great faith in you and Kawasaki to deliver this year Tom. You both deserve it.You will do it.



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