Alex takes eighth in Assen race 1
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes was left rueing the changeable conditions at the Assen TT Circuit today after Friday’s heavy rain and this morning’s wet track made way for dry and therefore unknown conditions in race one. Alex concluded the opening battle in eighth position.
An accident in qualifying had left Alex determined for a good start from 12th position as the lights went out for Saturday’s race.
Immediately picking his way through the pack, the British rider advanced his YZF-R1 to seventh by the second lap and took a further two positions by the race’s half-distance.
The last third of the contest saw Alex’s pace slow as he battled the circuit’s low-grip and tricky conditions, choosing to secure a points-scoring-finish rather than chance another fall by pushing beyond the limits.
Eight championship points promotes Lowes to 11th in the rider standings and hungry for more in tomorrow’s second 21-lap battle.
Race: 8th / +29.893 / 21 laps. Championship: 11th / 35 points
“We were on the back foot today as we have no data to work from here at Assen in the dry, having only had wet practice for most of the weekend. Obviously the Yamaha YZF-R1 has raced here in the past, but not in WorldSBK-spec and with these electronics, so to start the race with just two laps worth of data was always a bit of a risk. I felt good at the start and made really good progress in the early laps but then I started to really struggle with front grip. I really hope we can make a good step for tomorrow because honestly I’m disappointed with the result as we have been strong all weekend despite the difficult conditions.”
Source: Pata Yamaha