Alex Lowes 8th on day one at Lausitzring
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes shone in the WorldSBK German round’s opening session at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, claiming second after the first hour, before finishing eighth at the close of play to ensure both riders are through to Saturday’s second Superpole qualifier.
Proving his recent demanding schedule has done nothing but lift his performance levels, Lowes immediately got up-to-speed at the Brandenburg circuit. Topping the times at the morning’s mid-point with a 1’37.872 he circulated with consistent pace for the remainder of the session to sit second after the first hour.
Returning to the track as the afternoon heat peaked at 26°C, the Briton quickly improved again, setting a 1’37.805 on his fourth revolution to retain position before a mistake at turn-six called time early. However, with the fastest 12 riders all within a second, Lowes’ efforts remained enough to keep him firmly inside the top-ten and confident there is more to come tomorrow.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team return to the Lausitzring for the final free practice session at 08:45 local time ahead of Saturday’s Superpole 2 at 10:55 and the opening race of the German WorldSBK weekend at 13:00.
Alex Lowes – 8th / 137.805 / 33 laps
“I really enjoyed being back on the Superbike today but I’m really disappointed with the second session. I made a small mistake, tucked the front, and because we can’t use the spare bike I ended up losing most of the session. I showed some really good speed, good pace and have a good feeling with the bike so I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend. If it’s dry I think I have a very strong pace but we will have to see what happens with tomorrow’s weather. I’ve enjoyed being back with the guys and I’m looking forward to the race – to lose 85% of the second session and still be in the top ten shows the pace we have so I’m happy enough.”
Source: Yamaha Racing