DNF following highside for Alex in #AragonWorldSBK race one
Alex Lowes (KRT) was a strong starter from the second row in today’s Race 1 at Aragon but he was to highside out of the race, thankfully without significant injury.
Alex was in a strong position after his fast early push but shortly after he had been passed by Redding he was to crash when his rear slid around quickly and then gripped again, causing him to suffer a painful fall.
With two more races this weekend and three more at the same venue next week the KRT team’s technical staff now have some real race data to work on to find an even better overall race set-up for each rider. Tomorrow there will be a 10 lap sprint race in the morning and then a second full distance 18-lap race in the afternoon.
“I was working with a race setup at the start of Superpole in the cooler conditions, so when I used the Q tyre I knew I could do a good lap. It was a shame to just miss out on the front row but fourth place was good. I did a couple of race simulations in the recent Aragon test so I was confident of my pace. I wanted to get a good start, which I did, and then when Scott passed me on the back straight I thought, ‘OK, just sit here’. Then I crashed and I need to check the data because it was a strange one. It spun a lot, to the point where the traction control could not save me, and then it kicked back a lot. A strange crash in an unexpected area but the good thing is we have five more races here at Aragon and my pace is pretty strong.”