DNF for Alex Lowes in Assen Race 1
It was a disappointing end to the first day of racing for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team in Assen today. The first race of the Dutch round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship came to an early end for both Alex Lowes and teammate Michael van der Mark, with both unable to continue having crashed on laps 14 and 3 respectively.
Alex made a strong start from his 12th place on the grid on row four. Despite accidental contact with van der Mark going into the first turn, Lowes was able to keep position and keep climbing through the pack to eighth. With an impressive race pace he had climbed to pass Eugene Laverty for sixth by lap 11, settling into his ride until unfortunately losing the front to crash at turn 10 on lap 14.
Alex will head to the grid tomorrow for race two as equally determined as his Dutch teammate to make up for todays unfortunate double DNF.
Alex Lowes – DNF
“We’ve struggled setting the bike up this weekend, and made quite a big change for race one. The change was actually good, with more positives than negatives. Unfortunately the negative point was that we had more front tyre wear than we expected. I didn’t have too many slides until I crashed, I really wish Id had more warnings and not finished in that way! I felt like I rode quite well before the crash, so something to take on to tomorrow to do better. I want to say a special thanks to the guys on Michael’s side of the garage who helped to fix my bike last night, and also to my crew who stayed up and burnt the midnight oil to get the R1 ready for me.”