WET weather in Spain could not dampen the spirits of Huddersfield’s World Superbikes star Tom Sykes.
After a wet first day of testing at the Motorland circuit in Aragon on Wednesday, there were finally some dry conditions on Thursday for the Kawasaki Racing Team.
However, Sykes managed over 30 laps in the wet on day one, enabling the team to find greater improvements on the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.
“I am very happy with the test, even though we had reduced track time,” said Sykes.
“We still managed to evaluate a number of things, we have learned quite a bit and we have definitely improved the feel of the bike.”
The next test for the team will be at new SBK venue for 2013, Jerez, on November 26 and 27, before the winter test ban kicks in for all Superbike World Championship teams.
“We have been able to do reasonable lap times – and we can do them consistently with good feedback – and I hope we can build on this at the next test,” said Sykes.
“There were a few other riders out there in Aragon, on different bikes, so that was good because the track surface needed a little bit of use.
“Even in mixed conditions at Aragon we know exactly where we stand and can still work well and make progress.
“Also the track surface itself is usually quite consistent at Motorland, so it is a good place for testing.”