Alex lines up eleventh after rain-affected qualifying

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Blue skies and sunshine gave way to the first wet qualifying of the year for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes as the heavens opened at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours this afternoon.

Saturday’s two free practice sessions began by enjoying similar conditions to the previous 24-hours, as Alex continued hunting the top-six. His lap-times consistent as he worked through his 38 laps, the British racer was confident of his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R heading into the Superpole qualifying.

The curse of the Magny-Cours weather, however, had other ideas, with heavy rain engulfing the circuit just minutes before qualifying commenced. Lowes struggled to find a rhythm with his Suzuki’s wet-settings, succumbing to the conditions at the sweeping ‘Estoril Turn Three’ – his 2’02.227 lap-time placing him 11th in the times and sitting on row four for Sunday’s contests.

The dedicated spectators remaining through the downpour witnessed Aprilia’s Leon Haslam snatch the Pole Position with a 1’56.404, despite also taking a tumble in the session’s dying minutes, as Superpole claimed six crashes and two trips through the gravel during its 30 minutes of track time.

Hoping for a brighter forecast, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki returns to Magny-Cours at 08:40hrs local time (07:40BST) tomorrow for warm-up ahead of the day’s two races at 10:30 and 13:10 (09:30 and 12:10BST) respectively.

Alex Lowes:
“I’ve not got much to say as it was my worst qualifying of the season. I will start 11th on the grid for tomorrow so I’ve not made it easy for myself. Hopefully the conditions will be better for the races and we can put in a good fight. We’ve had a good weekend so far, so this is disappointing but as always we will be back doing our best and hope to enjoy the races tomorrow.”

Source: Suzuki Racing