At a private test at Motorland Aragon Tom Sykes astride the Kawasaki ZX10R broke the pole and the fastest lap records on racing rubber. Sykes has been unfancied through out his career but this year he has been showing good speed with the Kawasaki in the World Superbikes testing, qualifying and racing. He even made it to the podium in one of the two races at Philip Island and almost made it onto the podium in the other one as well. Now Sykes says that he has been ignored mainly due to the fact that he never had good machinery, a claim that is dubious since he was the teammate of Ben Spies when the latter dominated World Superbikes and won a title for Yamaha. It remains to be seen if Sykes can keep up this kind of pace which the ZX10R seems capable of through out the year.