Tom Sykes says he couldn't take the smile off his face after the two-day Jerez pre-season test and has heaped praised on his Kawasaki World Superbike squad.

The 2013 World Superbike champion lapped under the existing lap record with a 1m 39.924s at the Spanish circuit despite the cooler conditions. Having picked up where he left off before the WSBK winter testing ban and worked on chassis and engine settings on the new ZX-10R.

After completing 126 laps over the course of the two days Sykes is delighted with the progress made on the new 'baby' Kawasaki.

"All smiles round here because basically we have changed a lot of settings, exploring more parameters with the new bike," Sykes said. "We have a good opportunity to explore many things. All credit to Marcel [Duinker, Sykes' crew chief] and Danilo [Casonato, Sykes' engine engineer] and all the mechanics because they are working overtime and I am just riding the bike. It is confirmation of what we have developed in previous years that we have done a good job because this new bike is the 'baby' from those years.

"It is working well for both riders and Kawasaki has done a great job. There are still areas where I want to improve both the bike and me but to come away from both winter tests in Jerez fastest is good, because it is not my strongest circuit. This adds to the excitement and motivation for the coming season on the new Ninja ZX-10R."

Both Sykes and team-mate Jonathan Rea will now travel to Aragon for a European pre-season test at 3-4 February before flying to Australia for the 2016 season opener at Phillip Island."



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