Alex escapes injury in massive Race 2 highside at Portimao
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Alex Lowes was charging his way through the field in Race 2 at Portimao after starting from tenth on the grid, but suffered a highside on lap 8 that left him very battered and bruised, but miraculously he escaped any serious injuries.
Alex lined up at the front of the fourth row on the grid for Sunday’s Race 2 and when the lights went out he made a good start. A few laps later and he was up into eighth and became involved in an excellent battle with Marco Melandri, Lorenzo Savadori, and Jordi Torres – with Alex setting lap times that would have seen him battling for the podium – before a huge highside on lap 8 at Turn 13 ended his race.
Unbelievably, Alex walked away battered and bruised but with no serious injuries and the 27-year-old British rider is determined to bounce back at the next round in Magny Cours. After this result, Lowes currently sits fifth in the championship standings with 169 points and will head to France taking the positives from a challenging weekend.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team will remain in Portimao on Monday for the official one-day test, before heading to Magny-Cours for round eleven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship on the 29th September – 1st October.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – DNF
“Obviously, I am really disappointed with the Race 2 crash. It didn’t feel like I had done an awful lot wrong but the rear skipped round on me and resulted in quite a big crash. It is even more disappointing as after a busy start to the race from the fourth row I was starting to feel comfortable and was closing quickly on the group in front of me, but unfortunately, in the end instead of two really solid results we have scored no points this weekend. I am feeling very bashed around right now, but more than that is the disappointment. I am determined to bounce back from this and as a team make sure we learn what we can so that we can move forward to Magny-Cours with a positive attitude.”