DNF for Alex in Race 1 at Laguna Seca
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team had a mixed day under the scorching sun at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday during Race 1 for round eight of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. Alex Lowes qualified in eighth but unfortunately crashed out of the race on lap 7 at Turn 5, although he still retains fifth place in the championship standings.
In the 15-minute qualifying session, the 26-year-old British rider improved on his best time from free practice by almost a second to qualify on the middle of the third row in eighth for the race.
When the lights went out Lowes, like many riders, struggled for grip in the extreme heat and found himself in 11th after the first few corners, just ahead of his teammate van der Mark.
Determined to make up the lost ground he pushed hard on his R1 and was closing down the group in front when he lost the front at Turn 5 on lap 7 without any prior warning and crashed out of the race.
Alex was luckily unhurt after the fast crash and left bemused as to the cause, but is determined to bounce back in Sunday’s Race 2. Due to the grid rules for 2017, Lowes will start Sunday’s 25-lap Race 2 from the middle of the fourth row in 11th.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are back in action on Sunday at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Warm up at 10:30am and Race 2 scheduled to start at 14:00pm local time.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – DNF
“Today was very tough. I qualified in eighth and felt like we made a step forward in terms of race pace in SP2 as I improved by almost a second from practice. In the race, I didn’t have the feeling I expected with the bike. I pushed as hard as I could, but on lap 7, while trying to close down the guys ahead of me I lost the front at Turn 5. I am not sure what exactly happened, but I am okay. It was frustrating as I had no warning, so we will look at the data tonight to allow us to come out fighting for Race 2 tomorrow.”