After his historic double victory weekend at Donington Park, Tom Sykes says he's 'pleasantly surprised' by his lap times produced at the in-season Jerez test despite not targeting outright speed experimenting with 2017 parts.
The Kawasaki rider notched up his seventh and eighth consecutive wins at his home event at the weekend, to set a new wins run record in World Superbikes at Donington Park, and carried that momentum into the two-day test at Jerez alongside team-mate Jonathan Rea.
Focusing on new parts, electronic configurations and set-up for Kawasaki's 2017 challenger, Sykes was thrilled with the improvements and despite not hunting lap times on a very hot track was surprised with the pace he could produce.
“We got in a really good test overall and did a lot of laps. I am really happy and the pace I got to here is really good, especially considering the track temperature was 63oC at some times,” Sykes said. “It has been really good to test because we have evaluated a lot of things and we are ready for the next race in Misano.
“Our lap times were fast but that was not our focus. All the same, I am pleasantly surprised at the lap times.
“We evaluated many things on chassis and suspension set up, and with our electronics. I did around 80 laps yesterday and about the same again today. I can relax now and think about all the things we did here.”
Kawasaki will now assess the data gathered from the two-day Jerez test before resuming its World Superbike campaign at Misano on the 17-19 June.