Fourth on day one at Donington for home hero Alex
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK’s Alex Lowes and stand-in rider Cameron Beaubier safely secured their direct qualification into Saturday’s Superpole 2 at Donington Park in the UK today.
Completing the afternoon with two top-ten performances, Alex rode his YZF-R1 to fourth place, with Beaubier securing ninth on his debut day on the world-stage.
Alex endured the pain to accomplish a positive morning at his home circuit as sunshine and blue skies greeted the local rider for free practice one.
Testing his fitness and comfort aboard his Yamaha machine despite recent surgery to plate his collarbone, the Derby-based racer produced a top-five performance to conclude the first hour on track with a best time of 1’29.177.
Cleared to continue by the championship’s medical team for the remainder of the weekend, Lowes returned to form for the afternoon.
Circuiting with consistent pace, he concluded the day in fourth having broken the 1’29 barrier to set a 1’28.602 on his 15th lap.
Untitled Alex Lowes – 4th / 1’28.602 / 41 laps
“A painful but positive first day! I think what is making me more upset is how good the bike actually feels around here. Obviously I have quite a lot of bikes to compare it to over the years and this is the best bike I have ever ridden around Donington Park. There are quite a few strengths with the YZF-R1 here, but just the way it’s moving around the first section – Craner Curves, the old hairpin and up through Schwantz – I can get in such a nice position and it’s turning well through the slower section. So to not be in the position to take full advantage of that with my shoulder issues is frustrating really but I’ll do what I can. The strength feels quite good for the first couple of laps and then I start to struggle a little. Two things can happen for the next day, you can either feel a lot worse or a bit better and I’m hoping to feel better because it’s moving a bit more. We’ll have to wait and see, the race will be difficult but I’ll do what I can for the team, for Yamaha and for the home fans.”
Source: Yamaha Racing