Alex Lowes Powers to Fifth in Race 2 at the Lausitzring
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Alex Lowes produced another blistering display to charge through the field and secure a fifth-place finish in Race 2 at the Lausitzring for round nine of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship.
After his sixth-place finish in Race 1, Alex lined up on the front row for Sunday’s Race 2 in third but endured a tricky start that saw him drop down to 8th by the first corner. The 26-year-old British rider didn’t panic and showed excellent maturity during the early laps of the race, as he worked on improving his understanding of his Pata Yamaha R1 at this tricky circuit.
He then settled into an excellent rhythm and started charging his way through the pack, enjoying an excellent battle with Eugene Laverty before the Irish rider crashed out of the race on lap 9. By lap 16, Lowes had fought his way up to sixth and caught the group of riders battling for fourth place.
Despite drops of rain appearing in sector 4 during the last few laps, Lowes carried on pushing as hard as he could and closed the gap to Leon Camier in fifth. Alex kept on pushing and in the last corner, in a dramatic finish, he made an excellent move on Camier to secure fifth and collect 11 championship points.
This result sees Lowes remain fifth in the championship standings with 169 points, whilst his teammate van der Mark occupies seventh with 135 points. The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team return to action at round ten of the 2017 FIM World Superbike Championship in Portimao on the 15th-17th of September.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – 5th +15.786s
“I am disappointed with the start of the race, I wanted to improve on my start from yesterday and make best use of the front row position but it didn’t work out! My pace was a bit better early on than Race 1, but in general it was a good race for me, I had fun on the R1 despite this track being so strange, and I really enjoyed the battles. I am happy to have secured a sixth and a fifth-place finish this weekend, but we can definitely improve on these results so I will work with the guys and see if we can make a good step forward for Portimao. Honestly, I really enjoyed how we worked this weekend, I think the guys have done a great job and I am really looking forward to Portugal!”