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Mid-season test: Misano: Fastest Sykes ‘depressed’ by testing results

Tom Sykes says he's feeling downbeat after seeing the results from the in-season test at Misano straight after missing out on victories at the weekend.
Tom Sykes says he's feeling downbeat after seeing the results from the in-season test at Misano straight after missing out on victories in the race weekend.

The Kawasaki rider – who has re-signed with the Japanese manufacturer in World Superbikes on a new two-year deal - topped the timesheet at the Misano test with a 1m 34.674s which saw him dive under the existing lap record.

Sykes, who alongside team-mate Jonathan Rea, ran a complete testing programme mainly focused on Kawasaki's 2017 challenger with an eye on electronics and suspension settings while also trailing the new Pirelli tyre compounds.

The Yorkshire rider says after such a positive test it gave him a little disappointment and thoughts of what may have been possible at the weekend.

Sykes narrowly lost out to Rea in both races at Misano which duly saw the Northern Irish rider pull out a 56-point advantage in the championship.

“The test was so good I am quite depressed thinking about yesterday's races - because we had such good results today,” Sykes said. “It is so difficult to go into test mode over the race weekends so in the test we evaluated some things from Showa and KHI, which were sitting ready to go, and the results were fantastic.

“I am really happy with our pace, especially after a long distance, and it compares well to our race pace from the weekend. I am really pleased the sun came out eventually.

“We did well over 70 laps and got really valuable information because we worked through a lot of things. I am happy that we have made a step forward in terms of what I need from the bike.”

Sykes and the rest of the World Superbike grid will now head to Laguna Seca for the ninth round of the season on the 8-10 July before an extended summer break.
by Haydn Cobb



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