DNF for Alex while battling in Misano race 2
Alex Lowes showed good pace in race 2 at Misano today and was battling with his teammate when he unfortunately lost the front in turn 1 and crashed out.
Alex was determined to follow up his podium in Race 1 with another good ride, but due to the rules for Race 2 he had to start from eighth on the grid.
He showed great pace and made his way through the pack one by one until he was in sixth place, before he got held up behind Eugene Laverty. In an effort to pass he ran slightly wide, allowing his teammate van der Mark through.
He fought back, passed Laverty, but while hunting down the leading group with his teammate, on lap 12 he tucked the front at turn 1, ending his race prematurely.
Alex’s DNF means he is now fifth in the championship with 141 points, 22 behind Marco Melandri in fourth. The team are next in action at Laguna Seca for round eight of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship on 7th-9th July.
“I didn’t get the best start, it seems to go against us when we don’t get a good start as we find it hard to pass, but actually the team did a great job with the bike. I had a lot better pace than yesterday, even when Michael passed me I felt I had a stronger pace than him. I managed to pull away from him at the start, but I got caught behind Laverty, and he caught me back up. Even when Michael passed us both, I could stay with him and felt quite comfortable. All weekend he has been faster than me, so I feel like we have done a good job to improve our pace. It was easy to make a small mistake today, and I am not too sure what happened so it is a shame to lose an opportunity to get some good points. Overall, it’s been a promising weekend, showing good potential – even if it was a tough one. We learnt a lot and I am looking forward to Laguna!”