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Motorsport | Superbikes

Tom Sykes © Gallo Images

Sykes and Baz ready for Aragon test



The season may be over, but the Kawasaki Racing Team will be back in action on Wednesday for yet another test.

Tom Sykes and Loris Baz have already done two tests with the last taking place at Valencia at the end of October where they put the latest developments through the paces and also tested the new ZX-10Rs on 17-inch tyres.

The duo will head to Motorland Aragon in Spain this week for the penultimate test of 2012.

"I am all ready to go testing again. I am not getting much time to mess about at home and get my DIY work finished at my house but I am getting to ride my Ninja ZX-10R again, which is always a very positive thing," Sykes said.

"We are going to Motorland, which is a circuit we have a good reference data from. We have some quite key things to test. Those things should help us a lot. We have two days on track and I hope we get good weather for all of it so we can work in consistent conditions."

Sykes finished runner-up to Max Biaggi in the 2012 World Superbike Championship and Kawasaki are determined to make sure he is competitive right from the word go next year.

Team manager Guim Roda added: "We will work exclusively with the new tyre sizes and will introduce some new electronic improvements. As always will continue developing the suspension package and try to give more feedback to KHI in Japan to assist them in developing the bike for next January's tests.

"Tom is so strong and we need to keep him learning day-by-day to arrive at the first race in Australia in the most competitive way possible. Loris is growing up in a good way as an SBK racer and we are trying to teach him in one year what a normal rider could take three years to learn.

"We will also start to make some improvements on the way of working inside the team to be even more competitive. We are so excited to be working for a successful 2013 season already."

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