Alex Lowes Wins Championship Podium Fight in Qatar
Alex Lowes concluded the 2019 season and his four years as a Yamaha WorldSBK rider by adding to his podium tally on the final day of WorldSBK racing this year.
The 29-year-old Briton claimed his second podium finish of the weekend with third place in the Superpole Sprint Race, backing that up with a hard-fought fourth place in WorldSBK Race 2 to win the battle for third place in the overall championship standings.
Alex arrived at the final round with a slender one-point lead over his Pata Yamaha with Rizla WorldSBK teammate, Michael van der Mark, in the championship standings.
Despite intense pressure from van der Mark and Kawasaki’s Toprak Razgatlioglu, Alex kept his cool and departs Qatar this evening with third place in the FIM Superbike World Championship, achieving the top-3 goal he’d set himself at the start of his 2019 campaign.
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK – Final Championship Position 3rd – 341 Points
“It was good to end the season with a strong weekend here in Qatar but, apart from one bad weekend in Jerez and the crash while leading in Misano, I’ve been up there in the top-six and really strong in every race. The target this year was to finish top-three in the championship; obviously everyone wants to be world champion, but you’ve got to improve on what you did the year before, keep learning, keep moving forward and this year was a good step forward for me. It’s a bittersweet end to the season because I’m leaving a team that has such a great atmosphere, with whom I get on really well and in which I feel a part of the family. It’s strange to be leaving both Crescent and Yamaha, we’ll all face new challenges next season, but tonight I’m going to enjoy it, together with the guys who’ve worked so hard for me and helped me achieve my goal this season.”