Alex Lowes qualifies sixteenth on MotoGP debut in treacherous conditions at Silverstone
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Alex Lowes will kick off his debut MotoGP race from one position behind his teammate after delivering an impressive display today at Silverstone. Lowes started his second day aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 by notably finishing FP3 with a lap that was only just over a second back from 9 time World Champion, Valentino Rossi.
In addition, his time was eight-tenths of a second quicker than his fastest lap from yesterday. This performance left him highly motivated for success in the afternoon qualifying session and after superbly completing the wet FP4 practice in 12th, he immediately attacked at speed in QP1.
There, Lowes produced a personal best that left him a mere 0.029 behind his teammate, plus, his ideal lap time would have seen him top the session and finish ahead of Eugene Laverty. The young Briton fully intends to continue his learning experience tomorrow, having already completed a total of 75 laps, including 16 in the wet, on the Yamaha MotoGP bike as he seeks to open his MotoGP account with a point scoring finish.
“I have to say that I am really enjoying this experience and I tried my best even if it was a bit challenging today as it was my first time in the wet on the YZR-M1 but I am looking forward to more track time tomorrow. I hoped that there was a chance to get through to Q2, but I can’t be too unrealistic as this is my first weekend on a MotoGP bike and I only completed my first laps in the damp in FP4. Here, I felt good and I finished in 12th which set me up well for qualifying. I would have liked to have done a bit better in QP1 but I lost a bit of confidence tipping into the corner and that made me lose some time. I know that I really can’t be disappointed but as a racer, I always want to do better, so maybe I could have got into Q2 but that would have been because of the weather. However, when I take a step back, I’ve got to remember that it’s only day 2 and that I have learnt a lot in this short space of time. Whether it is wet or dry tomorrow, I have a realistic goal which is to try and get into the points. It was nice to try the bike in the wet, so I have had a bit of preparation if it does rain in the race, but let’s see what happens. I had fun today and I enjoyed riding the YZR-M1 and now I am excited for my first MotoGP event. I must also say that it’s fantastic to see the support around the track so thanks to my fans for spurring me on, and it’s a pleasure that my first Grand Prix is at my home GP.”