DNF for Alex Lowes in Jerez race 1
Alex Lowes looked to be on for a strong race at Jerez today after an impressive Superpole performance saw him starting from fourth but a fall at turn five cut the potential short.
An inspiring morning saw Alex narrowly miss out on a front-row start in the final Superpole qualifier, missing the mark by just 0.003 seconds to head row two with an impressive lap of 1’39.980 as the top 11 all set times below the circuit’s previous best record.
Confidence high, the British rider stormed from the lights to take third into the opening corner, battling for the position for the ensuing laps. Having lost and regained the place on a number of occasions he unfortunately found the limit of the tyres at turn five of lap three, retiring his YZF-R1 from the race early.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team returns to Circuit de Jerez at 13:00 local time tomorrow as Guintoli and Lowes prepare for 2016’s final WorldSBK race on European soil.
Race: DNF. Championship: 11th / 107 points
“We’ve actually worked well all weekend, were strong in qualifying with a good lap and got a great start to today’s race. I tried to stay with the front group and enjoyed the battle with Chaz at the beginning before the crash on lap three. We know the work we have to do tonight so we will just try to do better for tomorrow!”