Alex Lowes fights back to take seventh in Jerez race 2
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes showed fighting form to take seventh in race 2 at Jerez today in the penultimate round of the 2016 WorldSBK championship.
Launching from the line as the weekend’s second race began, Lowes immediately found himself in sixth position and fighting hard with Giugliano for fifth. Making the move on the Italian just two corners in, the British rider held strongly in the top five for the opening laps before a small technical issue began to affect his performance.
As the afternoon’s rising temperatures peaked at 37°C, Lowes managed the situation with his YZF-R1 to the best of his ability but was unable to match his previous pace, his teammate taking advantage at mid-race distance. Continuing the fight as the race developed, Lowes unfortunately lost out again as van der Mark made a late charge, crossing the line in a solid seventh.
Lowes and teammate Guintoli will remain in Jerez for tomorrow’s official championship test before the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team prepares to travel to Qatar’s Losail International Circuit for the concluding races of 2016, in two weeks’ time.
Alex Lowes – Race: 7th / +16.413 / 20 laps. Championship: 11th / 116 points
“I’m quite disappointed overall with the race because I think the YZF-R1 had really good pace, especially when the temperatures came up. I think we had a good chance, not necessarily at the podium, but a chance to be a lot closer to the fight. I felt quite good and got a decent start, it’s always how it falls on the first couple of corners, but the first three or four laps I felt quite good and then I had a small problem that was preventing me from shifting correctly. I lost my concentration for a bit and was struggling to shift, but rather than retire the bike I chose to ride as well as I could in the situation. The team have worked well all weekend, it was a shame about my mistake yesterday in the first race, and like I said I think the R1 had really good pace and was probably the most competitive it has been all year, so even though we have a seventh place I still feel really disappointed overall.”