Kawasaki's Tom Sykes has hinted there is more to come from him ahead of the 2014 World Superbike curtain raiser at Phillip Island despite lapping in almost-record pace during official pre-season testing.

The defending champion sprung to the top of the timesheets during the third of four test sessions over two days with a time of 1min 30.239secs, putting him three tenths clear of the opposition and just 0.005secs shy of Carlos Checa's lap record.

Indeed, Sykes was pleased to lay down such a convincing marker given he had spent the two days accumulating mileage and focusing on consistency ahead of this weekend's curtain raiser at the same circuit. Managing a total 134 laps, Sykes was the busiest man on circuit.

Pointing out his less-than-sparkling record around the Australian venue, a 'happy' Sykes says he will now target 'pure performance' when the event gets underway later this week

"I am happy with the results of these two days of testing at Phillip Island," he said. "In the last couple of days we have done a lot of laps to confirm the remaining test items, so to be fastest and be one of the most consistent riders as well, I have to be very happy with that. Phillip Island has never been our main event, so to speak, so to be up there for pace already is very good.

"I know the conditions have caught a lot of people out already but I know we can now go to the race weekend with more of a clear understanding of what to do.

"Now we will turn our focus more on performance, pure performance, over the race weekend. I will go away and have a couple of days winding down and relaxing and come back on Friday morning ready to go again."



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