|It will be Baz’s first time at the Island
Photo: Kawasaki Racing Team
Kawasaki Racing Team are heading to Australia to participate in the private tests scheduled for Thursday & Friday. Following the private tests, where Kawasaki will be joined by several other teams there will be an official test on Monday & Tuesday of next week before Round 1 of the World Superbike championship kicks off on the Friday.
Kawasaki have had a positive winter test season thus far, with Tom Sykes allegedly claiming the fastest time at the recent Jerez test without a transponder. The team launched their 2013 world superbike project in Barcelona the other week.
For Frenchman Loris Baz, it will be the first time he’s ever ridden the iconic Philip Island circuit: “The first Phillip Island test will be useful for me because I have never been there before. I am sure I am going to love the track because everybody loves it and I have seen some great races there on TV. I am sure this is going to be a useful test for me to learn the track and to keep working with the bike to see if we can make another little step forward that will be good for the race.”
2012 runner up, Tom Sykes said: “Honestly, I am happy and quite relaxed at the moment. I am looking forward to going to Australia; hopefully I will get a little bit of warmth through my bones. As always, I am looking forward to going racing. We have done some good winter testing and certainly found some improvements on the bike during that time. The bike also improved a lot after the start of the 2012 season, so knowing that I am very happy to start the 2013 season in Australia.”