Alex Lowes impresses on MotoGP debut in Silverstone practice
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Alex Lowes undertook an impressive start to his debut MotoGP outing at Silverstone where he closed the day just over 1.2 of a second back from his teammate.
The stand-in rider, who is replacing the injured Bradley Smith for this race and the San Marino Grand Prix, kicked off the day by using the morning practice to take the first steps in adapting to the Yamaha YZR-M1.
The young Briton’s progress was significant and when the afternoon session began, he continued his efforts. Here, Lowes notably produced a lap that was 2.370 quicker than his personal best from FP1, which also left him right in the hunt with the satellite MotoGP riders in free practice 2.
Tomorrow, the 25-year-old aims to make further advances ahead of his first MotoGP qualifying shootout.
“I really enjoyed my first day and I am excited for tomorrow, with the main aim being to continue improving. Unfortunately, I made one small mistake this morning, and crashed in the last lap of FP1, however, due to the timing, it luckily meant that I didn’t lose any precious track time. Anyway, the team did a great job with fixing the bike, so I have to say thanks to them. FP2 went a lot better and I started to understand the bike more, which raised my confidence. I still have a lot more to learn but I feel that I made some big steps forward. Day one is out of the way so I’ll digest what has happened and I will think about some areas of improvement from my side for tomorrow. I am certain that we can be closer to the front in the next few days, and I want to get as near as possible to Pol. However, I have to stay realistic and I know that the faster you get, the harder it is. I think I did quite a good job today so thanks to the team for their great work and I’m looking forward to pushing more tomorrow.”