One-time WSBK champion Sykes, that switches into the Shaun Muir Racing-run BMW team for 2019 after a long stint at Kawasaki, concluded the penultimate day of pre season running with the second-fastest time in the day session.
He left in the joint time sheets for its afternoon, greater than six tenths adrift of pace-setter Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) and a little over a tenth slower than preceding Kawasaki team mate Jonathan Rea.
Sykes was in the minority of riders that improved throughout the latter semester, and said that he hadn’t been targeting a fast time – but was encouraged to end up in fourth place”naturally”.
“Fundamentally we’reworking with the bottom bike that we’ve ever been building on in the past evaluations and progressing it here,” Sykes told WorldSBK.com. “After all, now ’s gone extremely well.
“At the next semester it was quite windy but the temperature came and we could boost quite a lot. At the moment my sense with the S1000RR is solid.
“At the moment I’m hoping to make sure our base package remains consistent. We have some items we will use to attempt to improve that base set-up, however we’r e only at Phillip Island, and at the back of mind we’reworking towards the race weekend to own a smoother race weekend and not as many issues.
“For today I have to say where we ended , I’m surprised, because it simply came naturally, loving riding, and just like I said my target was supposed to work within our own difficulties and that naturally put us at the sharp end.
“That wasn’t the target, we ended there, and we’ll check out continue tomorrow in the two remaining sessions”
Sykes’ 2019 teammate Markus Reiterberger has been ninth-fastest about the 2nd of the BMWs on Monday.
WSBK testing proceeds at Phillip Island ahead of their opening round of this season at the trail on February 22 24.
Tom Sykes, Markus Reiterberger, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
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