Alex gives stand-out performance at Misano despite injury
Alex Lowes put on a stand-out performance at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this afternoon as he came out fighting despite his injury to avenge his race one frustrations on the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK YZF-R1. Challenging in the top five for the majority of the 21-laps and setting the fastest lap of the race, his strength ultimately gave out just a lap before the end as he crossed the line in eighth, one place ahead of teammate Niccolò Canepa.
A stunning start saw Alex immediately challenge the front, grabbing second into the first corner before fighting for, and holding third for the opening laps – and setting the fastest lap of the race in the process with a 1’35.165. Briefly dropping to fifth he quickly regrouped, catching the rider in front, but an attempted pass for fourth on the sixth lap was blocked.
The British rider continued to push on hard for the closing stages, his pace a second faster than the riders behind as he comfortably held his top-five position. However, his physical condition made it impossible to resist a challenge on the penultimate lap and the closely-packed group seized the advantage.
Alex took the chequered flag with a hard fought eighth place, concluding the weekend with 81 points and sitting tenth in the championship standings.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team remains at the Misano Circuit for a further day as it participates in the official test organised by the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in preparation for round nine, at Laguna Seca in the United States, on 8th-10th July.
Alex Lowes Alex Lowes – Race: 8th / +17.276 / 21 laps. Championship: 10th / 81 points
“Today was a much better race. The position was not great, obviously to lose three positions in the last lap and a half of the race was a shame, but I was struggling with my condition a bit at the end. However, there are many positives to take as I did a better job than yesterday, kept pushing, and the bike felt good. We finished eighth, and I am quite frustrated that I still can’t ride the YZF-R1 the way I want to for the whole race duration but I’m looking forward to getting fully fit and showing what the bike can do in the next couple of races!”
Source: Pata Yamaha