Alex takes seventh place in race 2 at Magny Cours
Alex Lowes staged a comeback with a solid ride to seventh place today at Magny Cours, after a crash in the early stages of Race 1 dashed his hopes of a points scoring finish yesterday.
Having crashed and remounted to finish outside the points yesterday, Alex went into Race 2 today determined to salvage his Magny-Cours weekend with a solid result. Starting from 10th on the grid the 28-year-old Briton got caught up in an early battle for position and, by the time he’d forced his way to the front of the group and had clear track in front of him, had lost contact with the leading group of six riders.
The Pata Yamaha rider’s pace over the second half of the race was fast and consistent, but the gap ahead of him proved insurmountable and he crossed the line in seventh position, well clear of the pursuing pack.
Alex was disappointed with his race results after a strong qualifying performance, but heads to the next race in Argentina determined to rediscover the form that saw him take his first WorldSBK race win in Brno earlier in the season.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – 7th + 15.077
“Overall it’s been a disappointing weekend. My speed was quite good, but we just didn’t get the results we should have had here in Magny-Cours. I didn’t get the best of starts from tenth on the grid and I ended up in a bit of a battle in the opening laps; I’d make a pass then another guy would come past me and it just held us all up. Once I’d fought my way clear my pace was good, but it was too late because the leading group had pulled too big a gap ahead of me. From that point it was just a case of keeping focused, staying consistent and making it to the end of the race. We’ve worked hard this weekend to get me more confortable on the bike, but we still need to find improvements in some areas if we are to turn things around at the next race in Argentina.”