Alex closes tough Assen race weekend with fourteenth
Assen was a tough weekend for Alex Lowes, who displayed excellent pace in almost every session. This was highlighted by the incredible lap in Saturday’s SP2 that saw him take his maiden WorldSBK pole position. Unfortunately, this would be the highlight of his weekend, as an error on the grid saw his Pata Yamaha R1 fitted with the wrong front tyre. Miraculously, he showed superb tenacity and maturity to fight his way to finish in 12th. Hoping to bounce back in Sunday’s Race 2 from 10th on the grid, he enjoyed a superb start and was up to fifth by the end of lap 2.
Determined to fight for the podium, his mission was derailed by a lack of front grip that got worse as the race progressed. Battling with every ounce of his strength, he somehow managed to stay in the top six before a crash at the final corner on lap 13. The 27-year-old Brit immediately jumped back on the bike and rejoined the race but found himself in last position and 50 seconds down on the race leader.
Getting his head down he went on a charge and somehow managed to claw back an eight-second deficit to catch the riders in front of him, crossing the line in a spirited 14th place and securing two championship points. The 2013 British Superbike Champion is now seventh in the overall standings with 76 points and will head to the test in Brno with one goal in mind, to bounce back in Imola and be back fighting at the front.
Coming off back-to-back races, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now head to Brno at the weekend to conduct a private test, before returning to action at Round 5 of the WorldSBK Championship in Imola on the 11-13th of May.
“It was a tough race, there is not a lot to say really. I crashed at the chicane when the front let go without any warning, I got back on and that was it, the race was finished already. So it wasn’t the best day for me and of course, I’m really disappointed, but the team had good results with Michael and I will look to bounce back with a strong weekend in Imola after the Brno test.”