Alex takes seventh in tough first Argentinian WorldSBK race
The first ever FIM World Superbike race in Argentina proved a challenging one for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark today. Alex was disappointed with seventh place at the chequered flag, having been heavily involved in the battle for the podium during the early stages of the race.
It was a particularly disappointing result for Alex, who’d shown both speed and consistency in every session at Circuito San Juan Villicum and started the race from sixth position on the grid, after a solid performance in the earlier Superpole 2 qualifying session.
The Pata Yamaha rider got a good start from the second row, moving up to fourth after an aggressive opening lap but as the race progressed and the rear tyre performance dropped off, the 28-year-old Briton lost contact with the leading group.
With the rear tyre spinning under acceleration and unable to match their drive out of the turns, Alex was forced to let the podium contenders go and settle for seventh place and the points at the line.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – 7th + 15.597
“It was a bit of a frustrating race because I didn’t really have the speed I thought I’d have today. We suffered a pretty severe drop off from the rear tyre, which is very strange because tyre preservation is normally one of my stronger points. It was unfortunate because I made a good start and got in a good position, but I couldn’t maintain the pace. We’d been fast all weekend, but we seemed to lose our way a little bit in the race today, but then the track has been changing constantly and everyone was even quicker in the race than in practice, so it’s really hard to gauge. Even with the tyre dropping off I managed to keep the lap times consistent, which was a positive, but we’ve obviously got a few areas we need to work on for tomorrow.”