HUDDERSFIELD racing star Tom Sykes’ last test of 2012 starts today at the new World Superbikes venue of Jerez.

Sykes and Kawasaki Racing Team colleague Loris Baz will look to make more progress with their 2013 spec machinery.

The Kawasaki testing programme in readiness for the 2013 season will continue after the mandatory testing ban is completed in mid-January.

The three days at Jerez will be the last chance to make on-track evaluations of all new material and strategies designed to make both Sykes and Loris even stronger contenders for glory in the 2013 SBK season.

Sykes, almost the champion in 2012, has been has frequently been the fastest man on track, no matter the testing venue and no matter the competition and he said: “I have only ever done a few laps at Jerez, due to weather conditions, but it was a circuit that I really enjoyed.

“It is our final test before the break so hopefully we can gain a lot of information and work hard with this testing data in the off-season.

“This is our last chance to evaluate some parts and ideas, and things are going relatively well, but I would like to get more information to give to the team and KHI engineers so we can arrive at the start of next year in an even stronger condition.

“So far the transition has been quite smooth. We will take the testing as it comes.”