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Sykes already 'making progress' after two-day shakedown test

BMW newboy Tom Sykes believes he is already making progress with the 2019 S1000RR WorldSBK challenger after a two-day shakedown test at Almeria.

The first components developed specially for the WorldSBK, such as brakes and suspension elements, were used at the Spanish track. Both Sykes and Markus Reiterberger were able to complete a comprehensive programme of testing over two days without any problems.

They developed a basis setup that will form the foundation for further work at the next tests in Jerez de la Frontera.


"It’s still early days and there is still a lot of things to come our way but like this I was very happy with my feeling for my BMW S 1000 RR. The general feedback was good. We certainly had two very productive days testing, we changed quite some parameters on the bike and really understood some key areas to work with," said Sykes.

"It was a very positive two-day test for me and I was really happy and quite impressed with the end result. It was the first time in that new environment, the whole team working with each other and the engineers from BMW Motorrad Motorsport. So it was a new experience for everybody and soon everybody was working together like a clockwork. So it seems that we are progressing very fast and I got a good feeling within the environment in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.”

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