Alex Lowes lines up on second row of Assen grid
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes stormed to sixth in the World Superbike Championship Superpole qualifying at the TT Circuit in Assen in The Netherlands today.
Battling hard to overcome the electronics issues that have been plaguing the team’s development for the past two rounds, Alex’s consistent progression and outright commitment sees him line his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000 up on the second-row of the grid for tomorrow’s two races at the iconic Dutch track after setting a 1’35.772 on his qualifying run this afternoon.
Detailed feedback and realistic expectations allowed the British racer to demonstrate his skills, pushing the GSX-R above and beyond initial aspirations. Circulating at a steady pace to allow system evaluations for the majority of the morning, Alex secured his place in Superpole 2 with a 1’36.280 on his final timed revolution of free practice three before continuing the analysis at midday.
Kawasaki dominated the proceedings at a cold but sun-drenched Assen circuit as Tom Sykes beat team-mate Jonathan Rea to Superpole glory with both riders setting pre-1’35 lap times.
The final calculations and preparations are now underway for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki ahead of Sunday’s two 21-lap races. Morning warm-up begins at 08:40hrs local time (07:40BST) with the first wheels turned in anger at 10:30hrs (09:30BST) and the second WSBK outing scheduled for 13:10hrs (12:10BST).
“We still have a way to go to get the GSX-R to where we want it to be, and for me to be able to ride it with full confidence, but we have made steps forward so it’s been a positive day. The lads are all working hard and time is against us a little bit but we will do what we can tomorrow and keep pushing forward.”
Source: Suzuki Racing