Former World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes says he is happy about his race pace on the Kawasaki ZX-10R ahead of the 2015 opener at Phillip Island, despite suffering a heavy crash in testing.

On a circuit the Englishman has publically expressed doesn't suit him, Sykes never strayed outside the top five during the two test days, though his progress on the second day was curtailed by a 'strange crash' at the final corner.

Despite this, Sykes was otherwise pleased with his pace on the Kawasaki, ending the test fourth fastest and within range of the top spot.

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"In general I am relatively happy and we set some good lap times at the end on used tyres. We have got a little bit of thinking to do now to decide our final direction for the race weekend and it is not a bad situation to be in, even though I had a very strange crash.

"As I entered the last corner I felt OK but then I lost the rear quite easily. I tried to correct it and when I did it reacted and threw me over the high side. The boys worked really well and they were able to get out on the second bike, on a different set-up, so I was able to gather more information.

"Phillip Island is not 'my' circuit so to be so fast over race distance is promising. Credit to the boys and Kawasaki for giving me what I need. The Ninja ZX-10R is working well and if it does what I want it to then we can have a good race weekend."