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Tom Sykes says he’s feeling fast and enjoying his factory Kawasaki ZX-10RR at the Lausitzring despite a low-side off halfway through FP2 which ended his Friday practice early but remained top of the timesheet.

The 2013 World Superbike champion, who turns 32 on Saturday, ended Friday practice on top thanks to a 1m 37.172s to go under the lap record at the German circuit having been fastest in both sessions but his day came to a premature halt when he suffered a fall at turn four approaching the midpoint of the afternoon session.

Despite his tumble, Sykes lost a minimal amount of dry track time as a red flag for an oil spill followed by a heavy rain downpour just minutes after his off prevented his rivals from notching up useful laps in the dry.

Consequently, Sykes was not too downbeat after his fall and blamed ‘over-excitement’ as he hunts a fourth consecutive Superpole and to maintain his run of seven straight podiums.

“Overall, a good day. I am feeling really comfortable with the ZX-10RR and the boys did a great job in testing here,” Sykes said. “We have really set ourselves up for the start of the race weekend.

“I jumped on the bike and this morning even through the track itself was not in great condition, the bike was working great. From then we made steady progress and I am really happy with our performance.

“I had a small fall early in the afternoon but after checking the data I am putting it down to a little bit of over-excitement! I was really enjoying myself on the bike. When the rains came we lost nothing. I am looking forward to tomorrow now.”


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