|Loris Baz rode PI for the first time yesterday
The Factory Kawasaki Team decided to sit out the second day at Philip Island after both Tom Sykes and Loris Baz had fast crashes on Day 1. Sykes fell early on and injured his hand and was taken to hospital for further checks and Baz a little later therefore it was decided to rest the pair ahead of the start of Monday’s official test.
The private test at Philip Island has been somewhat of a crash fest due to the new surface not having any rubber laid on it, Crescent Suzuki’s Frenchman Jules Cluzel also sat out the second day due to aggravating an old elbow injury after 2 crashes on Day 1, his Suzuki team mate Camier fell once on both days. Ayrton Badovini also crashed on the second day.
Sykes said: “I hurt my left hand in a crash after less than ten laps of the circuit, so we decided to rest up afterwards so I can be ready for the official tests in a few days. I do not do much crashing but I got caught out and these things happen in racing. Now we just have to react in the best way to be ready for the next test and then the race. There is no point pushing it because my first flying lap at Phillip Island was nearly into the 1’34s, so I have confidence with my feeling on the bike. We have a test next week and between Kawasaki and the boys in the team, plus all our technical sponsors, we have made massive progress over the winter, so the bike is ready to go. All we missed out on so far are a few extra laps.”
Baz concluded: “It was my first time here and I like the track a lot. I was going very well for a time but I crashed on corner two after 30 laps. It was a big crash and I want to say sorry to Pere, the team and KHI, and I made the mistake. I felt some pain in my back and the team decided not to carry on and to use the time to repair all material to make preparations for the two official test days. I’m really motivated to go again so let’s see how we go.”
Testing continues Monday with the Official SBK test, the first round of World Superbikes kicks off in Philip Island next Friday.