Disappointing tech retirement for Alex in Thailand race 2
A promising second race at the Chang International Circuit saw Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Alex Lowes’ hopes end with an unfortunate retirement.
The majority of the weekend’s healthy 81,346 attendance witnessed the hottest day felt so far at the Chang International Circuit as air temperatures of 36°C heated the asphalt to the mid-40’s as the final WorldSBK race began.
Another great start saw Alex jump two positions from his seventh place grid spot as Sunday’s contest got underway. His determination pushing him towards the front, he diced with Chaz Davies for fourth as they crossed the line for the second time, before the subsequent battle for fifth in the following lap lost him ground and position to his teammate.
Continuing to race consistently in the hunt for the front group, lap 10 witnessed an early exit for the British rider, retiring his YZF-R1 at turn five with an untimely technical issue.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now returns to Europe in preparation for the championship’s first race in Spain, at Motorland Aragon, on Saturday 2nd April.
Alex Lowes – Race: DNF / -11 Laps. Championship: 14th / 12 points
“I’m really disappointed with today as I felt great on the YZF-R1 and had a decent start to run fifth. Sylvain passed me on the third lap – we came together and ran off track – so I sat behind him, pacing myself for the next few laps – because I knew from yesterday’s race that I had good pace near the end and could aim at fifth position. I was probably riding the best I have done all year, so it’s even more disappointing that I couldn’t finish the race. I’m pretty devastated, but I felt like I was riding really well and starting to understand how to get the best from this bike, so I need to go back, regroup and come back strong in Aragon.”
Paul Denning Team Principal
“This fourth race day of the 2016 season has seen further positives for the new Pata Yamaha WorldSBK project, but also some unexpected and unfortunate challenges. We are extremely sorry for Alex that he was unable to finish the race – particularly as his understanding of the YZF-R1 and riding style has taken such big steps forward, and it looked like the top-five was on the cards. The team, and the Yamaha Racing group, will react to all the information we’ve gathered this weekend, and look to arrive ready to race in Aragon and take more steps forward.”
Source: Yamaha Racing