Alex Lowes leads opening morning at Laguna Seca
Alex Lowes started his American adventure in the best way possible this morning, by leading the opening WorldSBK free practice times at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca before completing Friday in fifth position overall.
Alex began the morning with a quick exploration lap before returning to the pits for set-up work. Instantly hitting the top five on his return to the track, the British rider continued his evaluation and progression. Setting a top-three time at the half way stage with a 1’24.9, he swiftly followed it by claiming second with a 1’24.693 on the next lap.
A red flag situation with just three minutes to go brought a delay to the session’s close but with the green light returning, Lowes made the most of the sprint finish. His fastest lap of the day, a 1’23.912, saw him lead the times for the morning session and allowed him to retain his top-five position at the close of play – despite a crash 20 minutes into the afternoon calling time early on his free practice action.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team returns to the Laguna Seca track tomorrow morning for a final 15 minute free practice at 09:15 local time. Qualifying begins for both Lowes and Canepa at 11:55 with Saturday’s second Superpole shootout, ahead of the weekend’s first 25-lap race at 14:30.
5th / 1’23.912 / 32 laps
“This afternoon was disappointing as I had a small crash that ultimately resulted in missing the whole session. It’s frustrating because we had a good first session, we started well, the YZF-R1 was fast and it would have been great to continue the momentum and make the most of it in FP2. I feel good, I really enjoy this track and the bike is working well. I haven’t had the chance to do any long runs, so we have some work to do to allow it to challenge over 25 laps but hopefully we will be able to keep working, both myself and the team, and have a good result tomorrow.”