2011 Superbike: ZX-10R Ninja Progress

Motorland Aragon Superbike Tests

The 2011 Kawasaki Racing Team rider, Tom Sykes, was joined by test rider Katsuaki Fujiwara at the recent Motorland Aragon tests, with each working on development and set-up on the all-new Ninja ZX-10R Superbike.

Sykes set a personal best Superbike lap on the final day, a 1:58.5, finding fertile areas in terms of machine set-up as he prepares for his second season as a factory Kawasaki rider.

Syke’s fellow official Kawasaki riders Chris Vermeulen and Joan Lascorz, were interested spectators at the World Superbike test, as each continues to recover from injury.

Tom Sykes, now a seasoned World Superbike rider, says: “We were pleased with the test and to be this close to the front at this stage was promising. Overall we had a good understanding of the complete package and we got through quite a few things.”

“Finding a good base setting was the main objective, but at the end we also tried something a bit different on the bike, and again found quite a significant improvement. Overall, I am very pleased with the way things went.”

Paul Risbridger (Kawasaki Team Manager) says: “We got through everything we wanted to try. Tom and Katsuaki each did good work, with Tom doing more set-up work in readiness for the season, and Katsuaki trying some new general development parts.”

“The lap times were particularly good for Tom, and we recorded him setting a 1:58.5, which is very competitive. The track conditions were reasonably consistent for us and we were really encouraged by the results of this test.”

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).