Alex Lowes P4 on day one in Thailand
The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK and GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK riders enjoyed a strong opening day at Round 2 of the FIM Superbike World Championship in Thailand, with Alex Lowes in fourth place.
It was Alex’s teammate van der Mark who made the early running in the morning’s opening free practice, which was run in sweltering conditions at the 4.554km Chang International Circuit. Alex enjoyed a steadier start in the first session, finishing sixth.
In the second and final free practice of the day, with the track temperature peaking at an incredible 56 degrees Centigrade, it was Alex who initially led the Yamaha charge in third place on the timesheet. However, a fast lap of 1’33. 465 from Cortese right at the end of the session saw the WorldSBK rookie jump up the order to third, pushing him back to fourth.
The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK and GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK riders will return to action in FP3 at 11.00 local time tomorrow, before lights out for Race 1 at 16.00 local time.
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK – P4 – 1’33.550
“It was a solid start for us today here in Thailand. This track is a little bit less technical than a lot of tracks that we race at the lap times are always really close, as you can see from the fact that the four Yamaha riders are all close together on the timesheet. I was quite happy with today, I managed to string together a lot of laps at a very consistent pace but we do still need to find some more small improvements, especially mid-corner to exit, where I feel like I’m running out of track a little bit. That’s what I’ll be focussing on tonight and, hopefully, tomorrow we’ll see some improvement in this area.”