Alex in top ten on opening day at Laguna Seca

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A positive start to the eni FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca saw both Alex Lowes and teammate Randy de Puniet in the top ten for Friday’s practices – with Alex placed ninth.

Opening his second visit to the Californian circuit by completing 45 laps during the day’s two 45-minute sessions, Alex worked consistently with his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 to improve corner-entry confidence.

With work still to be done, the British racer heads into Saturday’s final qualifying practice firmly in the top 10 and less than a second from the front times.

While air temperatures rose gently to an agreeable 23°C, the blue skies and Californian sun warmed the track by a further 20 degrees for the mid-afternoon action. Chaz Davies claimed the provisional pole for Ducati, his 1:23.633 lap just two-tenths from the current lap record.

Alex returns to the track at 09:45hrs local time (17:45BST) on Saturday for the final timed-for-qualifying practice, with Superpole commencing at 15:00hrs (23:00BST).

Alex Lowes:
“Today we’ve been trying to find a bit more confidence from the bike. We’ve made a bit of progress throughout the day, it’s only Friday and there is still more to do but the lads are working hard as always. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, the track is great and I really enjoy riding it so hopefully we can find that bit of confidence, which I think will translate into big improvements in the lap times, so fingers crossed for tomorrow.”