Alex finishes home race weekend with a hard-earned fourth place
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes led the way for Yamaha in WorldSBK Race 2 this afternoon at Donington Park, getting the better of a tremendous battle with Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam and fellow Yamaha rider Loris Baz to finish fourth. The 28-year-old Briton ride a superb last lap to close on Alvaro Bautista but wasn’t quite close enough to challenge for the final podium position before taking the chequered flag.
A difficult Superpole session for both Pata Yamaha riders yesterday, in which Alex qualified eighth and teammate van der Mark 16th, had a marked impact on today’s two races. In the Sprint Race both riders were working their way steadily through the field only for the race to be stopped with three laps remaining, with Alex running sixth and van der Mark eighth, when oil was dropped at the Melbourne Hairpin.
Both Pata Yamaha riders got a good start in Race 2, but the second half of the race was much busier for Alex. Having got the better of Baz to move up to fifth, the Pata Yamaha rider tried on two occasions to pass Haslam for fourth at the Melbourne Hairpin, only for his fellow countryman to close the door both times.
He eventually made the pass stick on the penultimate lap, with Bautista now more than a second ahead in third. A spirited chase on the final lap saw Alex close the gap to less than half a second, but he wasn’t quite close enough to challenge for the final podium place in the final corner and had to settle for fourth at the line.
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK – P4 – Championship Position 4th – 192 Points
“The issues in Superpole yesterday set us back a little bit today. We made some changes to the bike ahead of the Sprint Race and, while I didn’t feel quite as good as I was expecting, towards the end I was coming on strong in what was quite a tight group. With only seven laps because of the red flag it didn’t feel like much of a race to be honest. In Race 2 I knew it was going to be difficult to get away with the leading group starting from further back, but I felt I managed the race well. I was really strong at the end, but not quite close enough to challenge for the final podium, but there were plenty of positives we can take into the Laguna Seca race next week.”