Alex finishes 11th in Magny Cours race 1 amidst changeable conditions
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes tackled constantly changing weather at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours today as Superpole qualifying and the first race of the Fassi French Round got underway.
Having enjoyed Friday’s dry sessions, Alex took a cautious approach to this morning’s early track time, circulating at a steady pace as he acquainted himself with the wet track to conclude the final free practice in 14th and holding 11th at the close of the final Superpole shootout.
Heading out with his usual determination aboard his YZF-R1 as the race began, Lowes immediately jumped two places on the opening lap before continuing his progression to seventh by lap nine. Choosing to pit for new rubber as his times fell away, the British rider returned to the track in 13th and instantly on the hunt for the top-10.
Succeeding in his task just three laps later, Lowes maintained his position for the final seven laps before succumbing to 11th at the flag.
Sunday brings a brighter forecast for the final instalment of the FrenchWorldSBK weekend as Lowes and teammate Guintoli line up at Magny-Cours for race two at 13:00 local time.
Race: 11th / +52.788 / 21 laps. Championship: 11th / 107 points
“It was a difficult day with the weather overall and with the changeable conditions in this afternoon’s race. I expected to be a lot faster in the dry once we had changed the tyres but unfortunately some issues held me back and I just wasn’t able to ride how I wanted to, or to achieve the pace needed. Hopefully we will improve for tomorrow and, as always, come back fighting.”