Alex Lowes battles for the podium in Aragon race 1 thriller
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK riders, Alex Lowes and teammate Michael van der Mark, were involved in a titanic five-way battle for the podium in today’s 18-lap WorldSBK encounter in Aragon, missing out only due to deteriorating rear grip in the closing stages of the race. Alex eventually finished fourth, with van der Mark following him home in sixth position.
Alex made a superb start from the second row of the grid, immediately making up places to cross the line in third place at the end of the opening lap. The 28-year-old Briton was then embroiled in a three-way battle for second place, with Alex, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea swapping places on almost every lap as Alvaro Bautista extended his gap at the front of the race.
With six laps remaining Alex looked certain to claim his best result of the season to date with second place, but as rear grip became more difficult to find the Pata Yamaha rider was unable to maintain his podium challenge and was forced to settle for fourth place and valuable points at the line.
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK – P4
“It was a good battle today. It’s a shame it wasn’t at the front; there was someone a bit too far up the road, but I felt with six or seven laps to go I could hold on to second place. Even when Johnny Rea came past me, I still felt like I had the pace to fight back but then, with just three laps to go, there was a big drop in rear grip and I couldn’t keep the same pace. It was a little disappointing at the end of the race but, apart from that, I enjoyed it and it was good to get a strong race under our belt to give the guys some information, because with the cooler weather this morning we’ve not had too much consistent track conditions this weekend. Now I’m looking forward to trying to improve the R1 a little bit more, ready for tomorrow.”