Alex happy with Misano Superpole: “Now we need two solid results tomorrow”

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A positive day at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli saw Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes qualify seventh this afternoon with an invigorated performance at the Italian track.

Energised by recent performance developments, Alex confidently mastered the Misano circuit with his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R, setting a 1’34.811 on the Pirelli qualifier. The British racer’s best effort was just six-tenths off Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes – who claimed the Superpole with a 1’34.214 – and will see Lowes line-up directly behind the former’s team-mate, and current Championship leader Jonathan Rea, as he heads up the third row.

Buoyed by the successful race simulations completed by Lowes during the early afternoon practice, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki returns to the Rimini track at 08:40hrs local time (07:40BST) tomorrow morning in preparation for the day’s two 21-lap battles taking place at 10:30hrs and 13:10 (09:30 and 12:10BST) respectively.

Alex Lowes:
“I’m actually really happy with seventh today. I feel like I got as much out of the bike as I could, we’re only seventh and you always want to do better but it’s been a good day. We had some problems in the practice this morning but we still managed a decent lap at the end. In FP4 we did a race simulation – it went well, we still have a few things to improve on but the pace was there – and in qualifying we did a good job. No mistakes, I enjoyed riding the bike and it wasn’t too far away but we just need two solid results tomorrow – whatever the result as long as I do my best and don’t make any mistakes I’ll be happy!”