Alex raring to get back in the saddle at Jerez
The long summer break is finally over for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki as Alex Lowes returns to Spain this week for the 11th round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship on Sunday September 20th.
The previous round concluded at the start of August with a dramatic race day at the Sepang International Circuit, as Lowes was forced to bear the brunt of Max Biaggi’s first corner crash in the second race – his swift avoidance relegating him to the back of the pack and ensuring a determined fightback of mammoth proportions to take an eighth place finish – but the British racer, who turned 25 on Monday, is looking forward to getting his season back on track at the Jerez Circuit.
The scene of consistent strong running on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R during pre-season testing, Lowes is hoping the experience gained during July’s Suzuka 8-Hour and Malaysia’s WSBK races will allow him to challenge the frontrunners in the Andalucían heat.
The 4,423m circuit is situated just 10kms outside of Jerez de la Frontera, in Andalucía’s southwest province of Cadiz. The fast and flowing layout has provided intense battles throughout its 13 corners since its re-introduction to the World Superbike Championship in 2013, due to the combination of multi-speed turns and directional changes, and remains a firm favourite with the attending fans.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s campaign kicks off with the first of two free practice sessions at 11:15hrs local time (10:15BST) on Friday September 18th, with Sunday’s two 20-lap races scheduled for 10:30 and 13:10 (09:30 and 12:10BST).
“I can’t wait to get back on my GSX-R and ride again at Jerez. For me the summer break is too long, especially with the ban on testing, so I am eager to get to Spain and start building on the progress made over the last few races. We have been solid recently and I hope to keep improving for the rest of the year. I have three weekends to do the best I can possibly do, and that is what I’m aiming for now! The track at Jerez is one we get to ride a lot with all the testing that goes on there! I really enjoy the layout, it has some great sweeping corners and a couple of hard-braking areas. The faster corners are better for me and the Suzuki but I will be working harder on getting in and out of the slower corners this year to make us more competitive.”
Source: Suzuki Racing