Alex Lowes lines up on third row at Jerez
Alex Lowes will line up for tomorrow’s 20-lap races on row three at the Jerez Circuit after taking his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki to ninth in this afternoon’s World Superbike Superpole.
A strong morning had seen the British racer confidently set consistent pace aboard his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000, running in the top-five at the close of practice. Heading into the mid-afternoon Superpole Lowes unfortunately suffered with a gear-shifting issue, preventing him from fully-exploiting the rhythm found earlier in the weekend. His 1’41.427 best-lap places him ninth in the times, rounding-out the third row for Sunday’s two races.
While Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea looks set to fight for the 2015 Championship title this weekend, it was his team-mate Tom Sykes who stole the pole position with a blistering 1’40.292, and a new lap record, as the track temperatures reached 45°C in the 31°C afternoon heat.
Race action at the Jerez Circuit is scheduled to start at 10:30 and 13:10hrs local time (09:30 and 12:10BST) tomorrow with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Lowes and de Puniet eager to join the battle.
“It’s been a good weekend and we’ve been working well throughout. We had a good practice three and four today and it was just a shame we struggled in qualifying – with just a few small problems that meant we didn’t get as much from the session as we had wanted to – but it’s tomorrow that is important. I feel like we’ve had a great weekend, some weekend’s this year we’ve pulled it out of the bag in qualifying and maybe masked a bad weekend, but it’s gone the other way here, with strong practices and a struggling qualifying, but hopefully that is a good omen for the race! We have some things to work through this evening but I’m looking forward to a couple of hard races tomorrow.”
Source: Suzuki Racing