Alex Lowes takes eighth in Imola Race 1
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team rider Alex Lowes showed grit and determination in race one at a sun-drenched Imola on Saturday for round five of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship. In a shortened race, due to a red flag, there wasnt much to separate Alex from his teammate, eventually finishing close behind him in 8th.
Alex, who qualified in 11th, enjoyed a great start. The British rider got his R1 off the line well, fighting his teammate into the first turn. A few corners later van der Mark would get his revenge, but due to Mercado’s crash Alex was in 9th by the third lap.
Sticking behind his teammate, Lowes also gained in confidence as the race went on. By lap 12 he had passed Eugene Laverty in 8th but there was contact between the two after the overtake, resulting in Laverty crashing and the race being red-flagged. Lowes went on to be classified in 8th, just a second behind his teammate, securing 8 championship points in the process.
Sundays race two is scheduled to take place at 13:00pm local time in Imola.
“I felt quite good on the bike, I was just tucked in behind Michael. Obviously, the race got cut short, so first of all, I hope that Eugene is okay – thats the most important thing. I passed him at the top of the hill, we had a bit of contact, and it looks like he lost his front brake. I am really happy that he is okay as it was a very unlucky incident. I actually felt quite good in the race, it has been a tough weekend, but I was looking forward to the last few laps thinking that I could have put a good challenge on Michael. Unfortunately, we are too far away from where we need to be, but we will try and improve the R1 a bit for tomorrow and try to improve the result.”