With today’s two practice sessions, the fourth round of the Superbike World Championship is now underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
Despite the progress made during the last Assen round, a few small problems during today’s first practice limited Tom Sykes performance, the rider setting a best time of 1’46”644.
The situation improve during the afternoon’s session and the Englishman was able to improve significantly on his lap time. With a 1’44”486, Sykes placed twenty-fourth in the day’s combined standings.
Sykes will take part in tomorrow morning’s final practice, followed by the Superpole and the first race of this fourth round.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Spain – Superbike World Championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 3) Rea (Kawasaki) – 4) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 5) Lecuona (Honda) ……. 24) Sykes (Kawasaki)
“I really like the Barcelona circuit, such a fantastic layout. In FP1 we tried to improve our setting but we had a few little issues that slowed us down somewhat. We were able to improve a little in FP2 and I felt a bit more comfortable but we’re still struggling in terms of outright pace. So tomorrow we as a team will be looking to make some more drastic changes.”