Tom Sykes is confident that he is 'heading in the right direction' with the set-up of the new Kawasaki ZX-10R after posting the fastest overall time at the World Superbike test in Phillip Island.
Fast in a previous off-season test in Jerez, Sykes was quick in cooler morning temperatures, before showing pace in the afternoon and feels he has ended testing 'in a strong way' ahead of the beginning of the 2016 season on Friday.
“There were a lot of stoppages for red flags over the course of two days but I think we are in a very good situation. We are fast with the cold conditions, warmer conditions, and also with some laps on the tyres.
“We have finished our two days of testing in a strong way, at a track that has been one of our limits in the past. Everything is definitely heading in the right direction and we have gathered some great information. I am happy to head into the race weekend now having completed a successful test.
“All we have to do now is get our heads together, have a brief summary of what we have done but on the whole we have made some key changes and put ourselves in a better position for the opening race weekend.”
Crew chief Marcel Duinker added, “We did not get all the time we should have had for the many red flag interruptions but we came here with a good base bike from the winter tests. We made some key adjustments for this track and they worked out.
“Initially Tom showed good speed and also good speed over distance. Now we have two days to analyse all the steps we have made, which we will use on Friday for the first free practice session. Let's go racing.”