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Kawasaki | Superbike PI Test Wrap (Video)


2012 World Superbike Video

The first official World Superbike test of 2012 wrapped up Tuesday at Phillip Island in Australia, with Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes taking the top time.

The ZX-10R rider posted a 1:31.648, leading over Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa at the two-day World SBK test. While Sykes was ahead of all the other top riders, including Aprilia’s Max Biaggi, Honda’s Jonthan Rea and BMW’s Marco Melandri, the next quickest Kawasaki rider was the Brit’s teammate, Joan Lascorz.

Lascorz was 11th out of 23 riders, posting a 1:32.540 aboard the ZX-10R; he was within a second of his teammate, and progressed throughout the tests.

As for the other two Kawasaki’s on the 2012 World Superbike grid, the Pedercini team, riders David Salom and Bryan Staring were 19th and 20th quickest, respectively.

Attached above is a video highlighting the four Kawasaki riders at the Phillip Island World Superbike test sessions, which occurred just ahead of the first round Feb. 24-26 at the same circuit.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R Superbike) says: “We were fast this morning and also this afternoon in hot conditions and we even improved our time compared to yesterday’s hot track conditions. Overall we did quite a bit more testing today and certainly stumbled across a couple of good things.

“At the end of the sessions we did 14 laps on race tires and it was very consistent, with the times coming easier than they were doing with previous settings. Honestly speaking, this is not one of my favorite circuits, in fact it is one of my least favorite ones, so I am happy that we are towards the front at this track because I know that the performance should increase at the other circuits. I do not want to get too carried away because I like to keep my feet on the ground, so we’ll keep working and see what happens on race weekend.”

Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R Superbike) says: “We have a good rhythm but to do faster single laps is a little more difficult. I can put in a new tire but lap times are the same. I think it is a lot of things together, but every time we try anything else we come back to the same kind of settings.

“The bike works best in small, slower corners, in the fast corners and over the bumps it feels very hard. It turns very well in the slower corners but the line in the fast corners is critical. The plan for the first practice in Friday is more gas! But seriously, we will make a plan to find out the best settings for race weekend.”

Bryan Staring (Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike) says: “I am happy with it in general but I wanted to put in a bit better lap time. Some of the guys have been here testing for three days last week but I was not.

“The real important day is next Friday. I am happy with the motorbike but we can still improve a couple of small things. It is only on the one flying lap that I have not been able to do so well, but we put in a reasonable time. I think we are in a bit better position than the timesheets suggest. It is a good motorbike and I think we can do a pretty good job with it, I just hope to get a strong lap time out of it on Friday.”

David Salom (Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike) says: “The problem is that I have had an pain-killing injection to allow me to ride this morning, but after an hour the pain came back and it was too much. I did not try this afternoon. It is not necessary to try for another good lap time today but save myself for first practice on Friday.

“For the race I can run with the injections in my wrist but I am not sure how things will be. I hope for the best and aim for the best. After Phillip Island it is possible to have an operation on my wrist but it is not decided yet as I already have a pin inside the scaphoid from an old crash.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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 Online Editor 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).

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