Alex takes 8th with superb race 1 fightback at Aragon
Alex Lowes began his Spanish Saturday in sensational form as Superpole got underway at Motorland Aragon this morning. Qualifying in third, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider lined up on the front row for the afternoon race.
A poor start by his standards saw Alex find himself running sixth as the weekend’s first battle began. Regrouping and fighting hard, the British rider was unluckily run wide by a competitor resulting in his demotion to 13th.
Never one to back down, Lowes pushed hard to regain the lost ground, taking positions quickly as he fought his way back to eighth despite diminishing tyre-life, the eight valuable points boosting his championship position to 12th. Pata Yamaha will now utilise the 18 laps of race data to allow Alex to continue his fight in tomorrow afternoon’s contest.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team returns to Motorland Aragon tomorrow for the concluding WorldSBK race of the weekend at 13:00 local time.
Alex Lowes Alex Lowes
Race: 8th / +25.575 / 18 laps. Championship: 12th / 20 points
“Today was a more positive day than yesterday and it’s clear that our outright pace is good after the performance in Superpole. We still need to work on keeping that pace over race distance, but everything is still very new. We’ve highlighted a few areas we can improve on for tomorrow and hopefully we can take a couple of steps in terms of keeping our pace up. It’s been a positive day and it’s important to remember that it’s still only the third race event of the year and we’re already proving the potential of the bike – with our qualifying result – is really high. We need to keep working hard but we’re hoping to make another step tomorrow, maybe not to win but to get closer to the front group!”