Sykes a second faster than qualifying at Jerez WSBK test

Sykes has found yet more pace at Jerez...
Sykes has found yet more pace at Jerez... Picture: GeeBee Images

Reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes ended his 2013 test schedule with the fastest time after three days at Jerez, lapping at 1’39.6 - a second faster than he did in qualifying a month ago.

The works Kawasaki man, who has decided to run the number one plate next year, spent time on his race setup in the first two days before going for an out-and-out laptime as the time clicked down on 2013.

“We did a bit of everything at this test and it has been very good for us. I did a lot of laps again so my crew chief Marcel is working me well. We tested many different components, which you do not always get the chance to do in the middle of the season. Our testing schedule during the season was quite minimal compared to what we used to do, so this test has been a good experience overall," said Sykes.

"We retried certain things to understand if they are definitely better, especially over race distance, and I am happy with how it has gone. The Ninja ZX-10R is working well even though Jerez is not one of my strong points. That shows we have improved our package, which is the main thing.”

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