Portimao WSBK Test - Sykes Tops Abbreviated Field After Two Days Of Testing
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes leaves the two-day official World Superbike test with his authority firmly stamped on the WSBK field. The Yorkshireman was nearly a quarter of a second faster than Aprilia's Sylvain Guintoli, and nearly four tenths quicker than his teammate Loris Baz. Marco Melandri was six tenths off the pace of Sykes, with the Ducatis of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies setting the fifth and sixth best times.
Neither Sykes nor Baz had much to work on besides further perfecting set up of the Kawasaki ZX-10R. The development work was handed to EVO rider David Salom, who spent time developing the 2015 version of the bike Kawasaki will race next year. Despite the rule changes coming next season, the Kawasaki is still more closer to a Superbike than an EVO bike, Kawasaki manager Guim Roda told German website Speedweek.
At Aprilia, they several parts to test, but both Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri managed to crash. Neither rider suffered serious injury, but Guintoli was forced to call it a day early after crashing towards the end of the session. Ducati riders Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies spent a lot of their time working their starts, a weak point of the Panigale so far this season. All of the riders got to evaluate new tires from Pirelli.
Prominent absentees were the Pata Honda squad of Johnny Rea and Leon Haslam, who are off to Japan to race the Suzuka 8 hours, and the Voltcom Suzuki pairing of Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty. The World Superbike field now take an extended summer break, their next race coming on 7th September at Jerez.
Overall best times (all set on day 2):
|7||71||Claudio Corti||MV Agusta||1:44.485||1.766||0.743|
|8||44||David Salom||Kawasaki EVO||1:44.487||1.768||0.002|
|9||21||Alessandro Andreozzi||Kawasaki EVO||1:44.924||2.205||0.437|
|10||11||Jeremy Guarnoni||Kawasaki EVO||1:45.109||2.390||0.185|