Alex Lowes Charges To Race 1 Podium in Qatar
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team rider Alex Lowes stormed his way to third place and his fourth podium finish of the season in today’s thrilling WorldSBK encounter, run over 17-laps under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Alex, who lined up on the front row of the grid after a superb Superpole performance saw him qualify in third place, got a good start and was immediately embroiled in a titanic battle for third and the final podium spot with Eugene Laverty.
Laverty took the early advantage but the Pata Yamaha rider struck back to reclaim third place on lap seven, only for the Irishman to demote him back to fourth again two laps later. The positions remained the same for most of the second half of the as both riders started struggling for grip, Laverty with the front and Lowes with the rear.
On the final lap Alex made his move, fighting his way past Laverty in a fierce battle and then holding the Irishman off to the line to secure his fourth podium finish of the season in third place.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – 3rd + 3.705
“It’s been a strong weekend so far, with a good qualifying session followed by an even better race. I was struggling for rear grip a bit in the race, which is something we need to work on for tomorrow, but towards the end I could see Eugene was also starting to struggle with the front. That opened the door, so I just dug in at the end to pass him for third. It’s great to be back on the podium here in Qatar and it was fun to be involved in such a great fight. The team have done a great job this weekend and the race simulation yesterday definitely helped me with the feeling of the R1 on worn tyres. Now we just need to try and finish off the season with another podium tomorrow!”