Alex Lowes takes strong fifth in race 2 at Assen
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes turned around a challenging race weekend in style today – putting all his race craft into his YZF-R1 to take fifth in the second race of the Dutch FIM Superbike World Championship round at Assen.
Alex was relegated to a less than perfect grid start position following yesterday’s race one DNF. Sitting in 15th on the fifth row of the grid, the Cathedral didn’t promise an easy race.
Undaunted, and unfazed, Lowes was quick off the line and soon settled into a comfortable race pace, waiting patiently for his moment to strike. A handful of measured moves put him an impressive six positions ahead to ninth by lap 10, chasing down Nicky Hayden in eighth. The American was soon taken and Lowes’ charge continued, mirroring his teammate’s progress as he pushed his YZF-R1 through the pack. Leon Camier and Eugene Laverty were next, taking him past the entire mid-pack.
With just four laps remaining, the gap to van der Mark in fourth was by this point too large, leaving Alex to bring it home in fifth having put the early weekend challenges behind him and settling his score with the Assen circuit.
Today’s results places Lowes in fifth in the championship standings on 76 points, teammate van der Mark sits in sixth with 62. The team now move to Italy for the Imola round in two weeks time.
Alex Lowes – 5th
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team
“Honestly, after Friday and yesterday we needed a good result today. In previous years I have not been as consistent as I wanted to be and this year, it’s something I’ve tried to improve. I have always been fast, just lacking a bit of consistency. Yesterday’s race was hard for me to take as I don’t really know what I did wrong. I felt confident for a top six finish, so today, starting from 15th, I just wanted to do a solid job. We made some changes with the bike; I’m still not fully happy with the setup, and without my mistakes on Friday we could have made the bike a bit better for today. But, to get fifth from 15th on the grid is fantastic and all the hard work the team have put in this weekend is just incredible, that was for them! I am looking forward to starting Imola with hopefully a lot calmer Friday, which should set us up for an even better result.”