Alex Lowes makes masterful comeback in Aragon race 1
Pata Yamaha World Superbike Team’s Alex Lowes defied a challenging start to today to rise up and make a strong comeback, taking a fine fourth position in the first of the two FIM Motul World Superbike Championship races this weekend at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.
After experiencing an unfortunate bike wrecking crash in FP3 on a cold and windy track, Superpole 2 also proved a disappointing experience for Alex. A technical issue on the opening lap meant the session came to a premature end and delivered no qualifying time. As a result, the young Brit squared up from 12th on the grid for race one of the Aragon weekend on a freshly rebuilt, but untested bike.
If the morning’s adversities achieved anything, it was to raise the Pata Yamaha rider’s race game even further. A consistent few opening laps were passed to find confidence before an impressive charge began, Lowes gradually picking off one competitor after another until reaching his teammate in fifth.
With less than 0.2 seconds between them, the duel ran until Alex made a successful pass on the brakes going in to turn one with five laps remaining. With fifth secured, a late crash by frontrunner Chaz Davies then promoted him to fourth, which he held to the line.
The race results deliver a double front row start for tomorrow’s second Aragon WorldSBK race; Alex takes pole position with teammate van der Mark in second spot.
Alex Lowes – 4th +9.962s
“I’m happy with the first race. Its always hard starting from 12th position, the first few corners are quite tight here and I wasn’t very confident after a little crash this morning because of the cold and the wind, so it took me a little bit to get going. We were a bit unlucky with Superpole so my first proper lap of the day was actually the first lap of the race. Once I got going I think I made a solid race, the bike was great and if we’d started from the front I think we would have had a chance to fight for the podium today. Anyway it was a good finish, my team did a really amazing job for me and well try again tomorrow.”
Source: Yamaha Racing