2012 Aragon World Superbike Winter Test Day 2 Result: Sykes Streaks Ahead

The second day of testing for the small band of World Superbike riders gathered together at the Motorland Aragon circuit took place under near ideal conditions, the winds that plagued the first day having dropped overnight. The results are almost a rerun of the 2012 season, with Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki at the top of the timesheets, and 2012 World Champion Max Biaggi shortly behind on the Aprilia. The times are fast: Sykes is a second quicker than he was on Monday, while Biaggi is nine tenths faster than the previous day. Both men are well under the race lap record, though Sykes is still a second slower than his Superpole record from earlier this year.

Leon Camier continues to impress on the Suzuki, posting the 3rd fastest time of the day. Reports that Camier was running the old 16.5-inch wheels, as reported by GPOne.com, were denied by Suzuki's Jack Valentine, the Suzuki man running the same 17-inch wheels that both Sykes and Biaggi are using.

Carlos Checa continues work on the Ducati Panigale, and the bike is making good progress despite it still being very early days in its development. Checa was half a second quicker than yesterday, and the gap to the fastest man has stayed more or less stable. An announcement on the future of Checa and of Davide Giugliano is expected soon

Testing concludes tomorrow, though there will be more tests before the end of the year, including a test for most of the 2013 World Superbike paddock at Jerez at the end of November.

Times, courtesy of the official WorldSBK.com website:

Pos. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 1:57.6    
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia 1:57.8 0.2 0.2
3 Leon Camier Suzuki 1:58.1 0.5 0.3
4 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 1:58.4 0.8 0.3
5 Michel Fabrizio Aprilia 1:58.4 0.8 0.0
6 Carlos Checa Ducati 1:58.5 0.9 0.1
7 Loris Baz Kawasaki 1:59.2 1.6 0.7
8 David Giugliano Ducati 1:59.4 1.8 0.2
9 Josh Waters Suzuki 2:00.2 2.6 0.8
10 Alex Hofmann Aprilia 2:00.8 3.2 0.6


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I have been really impressed by the speed and consistency that Tom Sykes and Kawasaki have found especially in the later half of this season. If they can keep up that form next year, i think its going to very difficult for anyone else to stop Sykes and Kawasaki being champions.
As for the new Ducati, its good to hear its making good progress so far. Hopefully with the new ultra short stroke Panigale motor it will make more competitive power than the badly out sped 1198 did. On paper it should make potentially comparable power to the 1000 fours but reality can be a different thing. And i hope the 6KG penalty the 1200 twins have to carry is done away with once and for all, that rule never made common sense to me.

Apparently Max has still not lost his appetite for going fast on a motorcycle. I am amazed, to be honest. Who would blame him for retiring after this sixth world title...