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New WSBK rules mean ‘a lot of work to do’ for Sykes

Former World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes says there is a lot of work to do now the technical regulations have changed for next year as he was outpaced by new team-mate Jonathan Rea in testing at Aragon and ended more than a second slower than Davide Giugliano.

The Huddersfield man said he had a lot to get through over the two days at Motorland Aragon, as well as doing some work for Kawasaki Heavy Industries, but he is confident of being on the pace soon enough.

“As we all know there are a lot of new technical regulations for 2015 and as soon as I left pitlane on day one I knew that we have a lot of work to do. I changed my mindset after that because we had a big list of things to try, plus some requests from KHI,” said Sykes.


“We never got the chance to find a perfect package so we just focused more on race pace and evaluating things. We found a set-up and worked through the list of items to test. My approach was to find out where we are right now and what we need to do to get faster.

“I was also working on my riding style on the new set-up because in some ways it was ground zero at this test. We will work with a strong sense of the development direction we should take to arrive at the first round in Australia in a good place.”

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