Alex Lowes opens Lausitz account with strong eighth
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team endured a rollercoaster Saturday at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz as the morning’s heavy rain attempted to interrupt what looked to be a promising weekend. Alex Lowes, determined as ever, battled back on his YZF-R1 as the race began to take eighth at the flag.
Alex went in to the German round’s opening race having set just a single lap in the final free practice, becoming one of many to fall foul of the morning’s tricky conditions and suffer an early crash.
The Briton was hampered further as delays to the final preparation of his YZF-R1 eventually prevented his participation in Superpole. Lining up 12th on the grid due to his solid Friday performance, he faced a battle with the majority of the pack through the opening lap’s initial tight corners before beginning to find his pace as the race unfolded.
Released into clear air at the mid-way stage, Lowes attempted to bridge the gap to the front group as he picked up momentum but the difference was too steep to fully recoup. Crossing the line in eighth, the number 22 rider brings his championship total to 102 points ahead of tomorrow’s second encounter.
Sunday sees the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team on track at 09:25 local time as Lowes and teammate Guintoli warm up for their final race at the Lausitzring, scheduled for 13:00.
Race: 8th / +27.395. Championship: 11th / 102 points.
“It was a difficult race for me today and obviously I’m disappointed to be so far from the guys at the front. I missed qualifying totally so 12th on the grid was not ideal as the first four or five corners are quite tight and I got stuck behind a few guys. Once I got some clear track my times were better but in general we just didn’t have the speed and my times just weren’t fast enough so we need to look at how to improve for tomorrow. Hopefully we can have a dry race and close the gap on the front group.”
Source: Yamaha Racing