Kawasaki’s Sykes and Baz Ready for Aragon World SBK Test
2013 World Superbike Testing
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes – the Ninja ZX-10R pilot who finished only a half of point behind Aprilia’s Max Biaggi in the 2012 World Superbike Championship – and his teammate Loris Baz are ready for a three-day test at Motorland Aragon in Spain April 2-4.
The test, which occurs ahead of the round 2 at Aragon April 14, will allow Sykes to evaluate his physical condition following further training. The Brit cracked his left wrist and sustained three broken ribs during the testing ahead of the opening round at Phillip Island, though he rode through the pain at round 1, taking a pair of fifths.
The break between the Feb. 24 round at Phillip Island and next week’s testing allowed Sykes some extra time for physical conditioning.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R World Superbike) says: “In the past few days there has been a real improvement in my physical condition. I will have some final X-rays on my wrist and ribs when I get to Spain and see how we need to play the testing.
“I am looking forward to the test and we have some new items to try, which should be interesting. I like Aragon because it is enjoyable to ride, exciting, and we have three days there. I am looking forward to getting back onto the Ninja ZX-10R because it has been a long layoff since Australia. The break between round one and round two could not have come at a better time for me because I have had time to recover from my injuries.”
As for Baz, his ZX-10R has been updated since Phillip Island, and the Aragon testing will allow the Frenchman to evaluate those changes.
Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R World Superbike) says: “I spoke with my team about this test recently and it appears we have a few more things to try, more or less in the same direction as Phillip Island. I am happy about that because we made a good step there. Motorland Aragon is one of the best tracks to learn because you have more or less everything there; fast and slow corners, a long straight; many different things.”
The 3.32-mile Motorland circuit in the north of Spain, which will host round 2 of 15 in 2013 World SBK, is almost a home venue for the KRT team, which is based in Barcelona. It is considered a top testing venue because of its mix of fast and slow corners, elevation and camber changes and not forgetting a more than one kilometer long back straight, which tests ultimate power and streamlining, Kawasaki reports.
Guim Roda (Kawasaki Racing Team Manager) says: “After this long period between round one at Phillip Island and Motorland Aragon we have been working to fix all details we didn’t finish in Australia, because we could not use all of the available testing time there. It is difficult to explain in detail but from Australia to Motorland KRT has changed many details.
“Another good point of this long period away from the track is that Tom has had time to recover with his wrist and three damaged ribs after his crash in Australia, so for sure in Motorland his performance will be much better than the first round. Loris has been training hard too and has spent some days in Spain with the team trying to learn how to manage situations at the limit. We are confident he will be able to fight for top positions in Motorland. The ‘real’ championship starts there so let’s see the level we can show and all the potential of the 2013 official Ninja ZX-10R.”