Alex Lowes takes a strong seventh at Jerez
Alex Lowes secured a seventh place finish for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki in the opening World Superbike race at the Jerez circuit in Spain today.
A good start from his ninth-place grid-spot saw Lowes manoeuvre his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R into seventh by the third lap of the day’s first race. Faced with a fairly solitary but strong run for the remainder of the contest, the British racer continued to hold his rhythm steady securing nine points as the chequered flag was raised.
A challenging afternoon saw Lowes pit for a new rear tyre on lap two of the second race – a switch that ultimately proved too slick as he collected a ride-through penalty for failing to meet the desired pit intervention time. However, he got back up-to-speed quickly, impressively matching the leading pace consecutively despite being placed at the back of the field. While his 18th place finish barely reflects the effort and potential on show, Lowes is pleased with the performance of himself and the GSX-R1000 and is looking forward to the season’s final European race in two weeks’ time.
Thoroughly enjoying their own ‘home event’, Kawasaki celebrated securing both the Rider (Jonathan Rea) and Manufacture Championship titles under Jerez’s clear blue Spanish skies, despite Rea being absent from the podium in both races. As temperatures rose from 25 to 29°C in the stands and 29 to 43°C on track, his team-mate Tom Sykes claimed victory in the opening race, while Ducati’s Chaz Davies continued his recent form to take the win in race two.
“Overall a slightly disappointing day but we had a solid seventh in race one. We made the bike better for race two and had really good pace, but unfortunately we had an issue with the tyre at the start, which if it wasn’t for this, we could have had an even stronger second race. I’m pleased with how I’ve been riding all weekend, the team have worked hard and I did the best I could for 40 laps. Unfortunately we didn’t get the results we wanted but we’ll look forward to Magny-Cours. I feel like I’m riding the best I have all season so my confidence feels good and I’m looking forward to the last two rounds of the year.”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“Race two brought a disappointing end to what genuinely has been a very positive performance over the weekend here at Jerez. We’ve struggled in the past in the very hot temperatures with the GSX-R but new suspension parts this weekend and Alex improving his technique in these conditions found much more competitive pace. Alex was disappointed with seventh in the first race but it was still a very strong performance and the second race – with some changes that took the bike in the right direction – promised a top-five result. The problem causing Alex’s need to stop and change the rear tyre after only two laps was very disappointing, but we then suffered a further setback with a ride-through penalty after changing the tyre too quickly. The fact that Alex then dug in, rode to the maximum over the full course of the race, and over the last 10 laps matched the podium challengers, enables us to take some positives.”
Source: Suzuki Racing