Kawasaki claims Tom Sykes set fastest lap at Jerez

'I would like to thank the team and Kawasaki because our test schedule has been very good and all the time we have been moving forward' - Tom Sykes
Kawasaki claims Tom Sykes posted the fastest lap during the two-day World Superbike shakedown at Jerez, though neither Sykes' nor teammate Loris Baz's ZX10R machines were fitted with transponders.

An official press statement issued by Kawasaki says Sykes – last year's championship runner-up – lapped the Spanish circuit in a best time of 1m 40.5s on a qualifying tyre compared to Goldbet BMW's Marco Melandri, who topped the unofficial times in 1m 40.785s.

The British rider later said he was “very happy” at the conclusion of the test, which ended in dry but cool conditions on Tuesday after rain on Monday.

“We have to be very happy after this test. Yesterday we had some wet track time and for some people it was maybe not very good but for us it was very valuable,” said Sykes.

“We learned some things yesterday and also today in dry track conditions. Eventually we had decent track conditions and we got up to speed.

“We were able to test very constructively. Both days have been very valuable and I would like to thank the team and Kawasaki because our test schedule has been very good and all the time we have been moving forward. For this I am happy.”

Sykes doesn't regard Jerez as a “strong” circuit for Kawasaki but his pace has filled him with optimism and he is now relishing the final tests at Phillip Island in Australia next month prior to the opening world championship round at the spectacular circuit on February 24.

“This circuit is quite special and for sure it is not our strong point but looking at what is on paper we are not in a bad situation,” he said.

“On a race tyre we did a long run and was able to set a 1m 41.7s time after 14 laps with this tyre option.

“Overall I am happy to have achieved what we have achieved and am looking forward to the next test at Phillip Island.”

Sykes teammate, Loris Baz, crashed midway through the final day of the test on Tuesday and his ZX10R had to be rebuilt.

However, the young French rider set times 'that would place him in the top six of many of the riders on show' – according to Kawasaki – and Baz feels he has taken a “big step forward”.

“It was a good test even if we missed two or three hours today after a fall,” he said.

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Sweeble - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 12:27 PM

We know the lap times are there Tom, but how about the tyre management or race strategy? If he can find some way to manage the tyres so that he's got some left at the end of the race then he should be favourite for the title. And what then? MotoGP?


January 24, 2013 1:00 PM

@ sweeble I actually think he COULD cut it in MatoGP... Maybe be part of Kawasaki's development and move with their return? Who knows.. My fanboy dreams... As for tyre management, I think since the electronic age there is a lot more to the Tyres than just rider. And again, we saw him flourish at Brono, pushing Marco all the way. I really do think they're almost there... I guess we'll see. DEFINITELY, as his fans were saying in 2010, 2011, and 2012, the most underrated rider on the grid, now hopefully the haters' eyes have been opened...

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