Alex qualifies eighth at Laguna Seca
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes qualified in eighth place after a dramatic Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole in the USA.
Continuing to improve his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R as the American weekend progressed, Alex was denied his initial qualifying lap after an on-track incident – resulting in his 1.23.285 time being set on third-lap rubber. However, confident of the developments made so far, the British racer is looking forward to Sunday’s two 25-lap races.
Similar conditions to Friday saw a cloudy start give way to Californian sunshine as the Monterey track warmed to 43°C for the Superpole shootout, allowing Ducati’s Chaz Davies to secure his debut WSBK pole position with a time of 1’22.101.
Alex and teammate Randy de Puniet will be back on their respective Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000’s at 11:30hrs and 14:30hrs local time (19:30 and 22:20BST) for the two races.
“I did my best as always today but we’re not quite where I wanted to be. My aim was for the first two rows. We are still looking for that extra element to try to give us a little more confidence with turning-in on the bike and hopefully if we can find that in warm up, our race-pace will come a little easier and we can have two good races The lads did a good job, working methodically and although we started off on the wrong foot this weekend we’ve managed to build back up well. We’ve done the best we could with what we’ve had, unfortunately we weren’t quite fast enough today but we’ll try again tomorrow!”