Alex eleventh in Phillip Island Friday practice

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The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team launched their 2016 campaign with Alex Lowes completing Friday practice in 11th.

Sunshine and light showers provided mixed conditions for both hour-long free practice sessions – with WorldSBK’s new schedule now seeing Friday’s second practice times cement the 20 fastest riders’ automatic qualification into Saturday’s two Superpole sessions.

With less than a second separating the top 11 riders, Alex concluded his inaugural day on his YZF-R1 with a best lap of 1’31.825 but with the new schedule now in operation he will have to compete in the opening Superpole 1 to fight for his promotion to the top-12 shootout.

Continuing to fine-tune his riding style with his new Yamaha machine, the British racer has a number of settings changes – including his own positioning on the bike – for his crew to adjust overnight.

Saturday brings a shortened free practice – with timings not admissible for qualifying – before Superpole and the opening race of the 2016 season at 15:00hrs local time, but Lowes is confident his team’s hard work will be repaid for the 22-lap contest around one of his favourite tracks.

Alex Lowes
“I’m still finding my perfect set-up with the YZF-R1 so I wasn’t 100% comfortable out there today but the times are, as always, so close between the top riders. We have a few things we are working on overnight with the lads, and I love this circuit so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Historically I’ve done well in practice here but it hasn’t translated to the race so hopefully this year a careful dress rehearsal will give me a better race day when it matters!”

Source: Yamaha Racing