Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) ended his first day at Motorland Aragon fastest of all, with a lap time that was fully 0.375 seconds quicker than next best qualifier Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing ‰ÛÒ Ducati) ‰ÛÒ the rider who had led for most of the session.
A 1:50.712 Sykes was just over a second from Leon Haslam‰Ûªs track best, in a session that ended slightly prematurely, because of a red flag.
‰ÛÏI am happy enough after today and I quite surprised on the pure performances side as I still have some things I would like to improve with the set-up," Sykes said.
"In general, looking at our performance and potential consistency, I have to be happy. Even considering the windy conditions we were able to manage it quite well. Now my crew chief Marcel, all the boys in the team and I will aim to make the feel a bit more natural in a couple of corners. That is for tomorrow but at the end of day one, when we have to prepare for the races, we are heading in quite a good way.‰Û