After eight seasons in Kawasaki, 2013 WSBK winner Sykes has switched to the restored mill BMW squad, which will soon be run by Shaun Muir Racing, for its 20-19 season.
Both new and he teammate Markus Reiterberger were able to sample their new S 1000 R R bicycles for the first time this week in a two-day test at the Almeria circuit in Southern Spain, having previously tried the Superstock variant at BMW-owned test track Miramas in France last month.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport manager Marc Bongers clarified the test as a”shakedown” and worried that the”bike is still virtually in its infancy”, but Sykes said he was”really happy” with his very first taste of the new machine.
“I’m rather happy with the test,” commented Sykes. “Of course, it’s still early days and there is still plenty of things to come our way but like this I was very satisfied with my feeling for my BMW S 1000 R R. The overall feedback has been good.
“We had two very busy days testing, we shifted a number of parameters on the bike and really knew some important areas to operate with. It was a very positive test for me personally and I was impressed and really happy by the final result.
“It was the first time in that new environment, the whole team working with one another and the engineers in BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Therefore it was a new experience for all of us and everyone was working like clockwork.
“It appears that we’re progressing quickly and I found a good feeling within the environment while inside the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. ”
Team boss Shaun Muir shown both Sykes and Reiterberger completed”almost 100 laps throughout both days with no major issues.”
The important points for me that the team will work together and that the detailed test of stuff and parts proceeded positively.
“We have a good base-setting for both riders and also a good management to visit Jerez. Therefore we are happy. ”
Having skipped the end-of-season collection evaluations in Jerez and Aragon, Reiterberger and Sykes are set to join the rest of the 20-19 WSBK field for its next test on January 23-24 at Jerez.
Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
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