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Sykes quickest as Aragon test concludes

Tom Sykes maintains his place at the top of the World Superbike Championship timesheets as the Motorland Aragon test comes to a close.
Tom Sykes has completed the first wave of World Superbike Championship testing with the fastest lap time as he once again edged out Max Biaggi for honours at Motorland Aragon.

Continuing to evaluate the forthcoming 17-inch Pirelli tyres on the 2013-specification Kawasaki ZX-10R, Sykes ended the test with a best lap of 1min 57.6secs, around two tenths faster than recently crowned champion Biaggi on the Aprilia.

The third day of testing was disrupted when Carlos Checa's new Ducati 1199 Panigale locked up on the home straight and dropped a significant amount of oil. Necessitating a lengthy clean-up operation, few riders improved when the session was restarted due to a headwind on the long back straight.

As such, Leon Camier, Eugene Laverty and Michel Fabrizio – getting his first taste of Aprilia machinery following his switch to Red Devils Roma – completed the top five, ahead of Loris Baz, while Checa and Davide Giugliano had reason to be encouraged by the Panigale's first group outing in seventh and eighth.

The winter testing programme will move to Jerez next month.



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aeaventures - Unregistered

October 18, 2012 9:47 AM

Baz will be there, he is young and this level is still a new game for him, he has no silver spoon and had really had to do it the hard way, proper old school. With Tom for a team Mate he has to aim high, this is 'THE' team for 2013. Gutted Guintoli dod not sign for Suzuki but fingers crossed they keep Camier flying at the front as he deserves a break and a proper crack at the title. Boy that 1/2 pount is hurting me, cant imagine how much it wrankles with TS, he deserved that the boy did, cmon Syksey!



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