Alex takes seventh in Qatar race 1
A strong fight from Alex Lowes at the Losail International Circuit saw the number 22 rider claim seventh in Race 1 of the season-closing Qatar weekend.
An strong Superpole performance saw Alex join teammate Sylvain Guintoli on the second row of the grid, in sixth position, for the opening Qatari race. Caught in a three-way battle for sixth position for the opening revolutions, the British rider held eighth for the majority of the 17-lap contest.
Attempting a move on Jordi Torres on a number of occasions, Lowes finally took his chance on the final lap to take seventh and nine championship points at the flag.
Alex returns to Losail for Sunday’s early evening warm up, on track at 17:30 local time, as the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team prepare for the concluding race of the year at 21:00.
Race: 7th / +18.461 / 17 laps. Championship: 12th / 125 points
“I’m really happy for the team to get their first podium of the year! The YZF-R1 was working well today but unfortunately I made a bad start and struggled to make my way back through which was quite frustrating as I know we had the potential for more. We are looking forward to doing a better job tomorrow as we have worked hard this weekend and over the last few events. Everything is starting to feel better so I really want to finish the year with a strong result.”
Source: Pata Yamaha