Sykes and Lascorz both put in impressive times during the first testing session of 2012. Sykes ended the two-day test with a 1’34.6 lap time while Lascorz finished with 1’35.1.
“It went very well because we arrived at another kind of circuit compared to the ones we have tested at before and the bike worked well straight away,” Sykes said. “After a big winter lay off it only took me ten laps to go faster than I have ever been at Almeria. I was happy with that. After that it was a case of testing some small items we had requested from KHI. It was consistently around 15 degrees in terms of track temperature and the sun was shining, so we could not ask for any more in January. The track was in good condition as well, just a bit dusty off line.”
Joan Lascorz added:
“We tested everything! It was cold in the mornings at Almeria but the track conditions were good and it was sunny each day, but there was some snow in the mountains around the track. This is the last test before we go to Australia so we decided the final direction of the machine set-up to take there and, in general, for the rest of the season. Tom and I have very a different machine set-up now but it is just to suit our different riding styles. The most important thing is that the difference between the fastest riders and the others in the races is that they get the tires to last for the whole race distance. This is the most important thing.”
The Kawasaki Racing Team will now head to Australia for two testing sessions before the opening round of the 2012 World Superbike season.