Challenging Argentine Race 2 sees Alex take sixth place
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team riders Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark closed out the inaugural Argentinian WorldSBK weekend with two points scoring finishes in another challenging race at Circuit San Juan Villicum today.
Alex rode an intelligent race to finish sixth, while van der Mark was disappointed to eventually cross the line in ninth place, after being close to the podium contenders in the early stages of the race.
Starting from the head of the second row of the grid, Lowes got a decent start and was initially able to run with the leading group in fourth, until a concerted attack by Marco Melandri and then Chaz Davies saw him pushed back to sixth.
Alex then managed to hold off a hard charging Tom Sykes for a number of laps, but eventually had to concede the place to the former World Champion just past the halfway point in the race. The Pata Yamaha rider’s fast and consistent pace in the second half of the race was rewarded with two laps to go when he passed Toprak Razgatlioglu to retake sixth place, which he held to the chequered flag.
Alex is currently sixth in the overall Championship standings with 232 points.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – 6th + 10.945
“We were a little bit stronger today, but you don’t want to be finishing sixth and having the guys you want to beat passing you in the race and then pulling a bit of a gap. But towards the end I managed to get a better feeling with the bike and just dug in to get the best result that I could. Something small is just holding us back at the moment. We made a promising start to the weekend, but we didn’t make the step forward we were expecting ahead of the two races. This was definitely a tough track for us and we struggled a bit on acceleration, as I have done for the past few races, but it looks like Michael is also struggling here with the same problem, despite it not affecting him so much in Portimão and Magny-Cours. Now we need to focus on the negative areas, continue working to improve and look forward. That’s all we can do and I know with the development efforts Yamaha is making we will make the steps soon.”