Disappointment for Alex on home soil as injury forces his retirement
The opening race day of the UK WorldSBK round at Donington Park proved disappointing for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK team as Alex Lowes was forced to withdraw from his home competition. .
Following FP3, Alex was forced to withdraw from the Donington event, due to the shoulder injury sustained at Sepang a fortnight ago. Despite receiving both physiotherapy and injections to enable him to compete in his home race, the local hero was unable to ride for more than three or four laps before losing strength in his shoulder at such a physically demanding track, which caused Lowes problems in terms of controlling his YZF-R1.
The decision was unanimous between himself, the Pata Yamaha Team, Race Direction and the WorldSBK medical team, and while he would have loved nothing more than to compete in front of his home fans, safety remained the prime concern.
Alex Lowes – Championship: 10th / 70 points
“Gutted is an understatement! I wanted to ride for the team and for the fans but I just wasn’t able to maintain a competitive or safe pace so we couldn’t get the result that we all deserved. There isn’t much else to say, the facts are it wasn’t possible otherwise I would have given everything I have to get a result here. I now need to focus on getting back fit and healthy and look to start again at Misano so we can continue the momentum of the bike’s development and my own experience with the YZF-R1”
Source: Yamaha Racing