Alex closes tough Portimao weekend with eleventh place in Race 2
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team rider Alex Lowes took a hard-fought 11th place and more important championship points at Portimao on Sunday, having not quite managed to find a confident feeling with his Yamaha YZF-R1 at the technical and demanding Portimão circuit this weekend.
The Portimão weekend proved a difficult one for Alex who, despite his and the team’s best efforts, never really found the confidence in his Yamaha YZF-R1 that his fast and aggressive riding style demands.
A technical issue in yesterday’s race meant that the 28-year-old started from the fifth row of the grid today, with the result that he was held up by traffic in the early laps. Once clear of the traffic Lowes rode an intelligent race to a points scoring finish in 11th place.
The Pata Yamaha rider was disappointed with the result, but remains confident of improvement next time out in Magny Cours.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – 11th + 20.244
“Overall it’s been a tough weekend here in Portimão. I just haven’t been able to dial in the bike to give me the feeling I needed, and I was losing time on corner exit in both races here. The team and Yamaha’s engineers worked tirelessly to find a solution, but we were just missing that little bit of feeling that would have made all the difference. It would have been easy to push too hard to compensate, so at least I’m happy to be leaving here with points from both races. We have some work to do now, but I’m confident we’ll be back where we should be in Magny-Cours.”