Frustrating end to promising Phillip Island weekend for Alex Lowes
What had looked to be a promising weekend at Phillip Island for the 2015 opener of Alex Lowes’ WSBK campaign ended in frustration and disappointment on raceday.
Relegated to 15th at the start of the opening race, Alex fought back hard on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 regaining six places as he moved his way through the pack, tussling with Troy Bayliss and his team-mate at the half-way stage, to finish ninth at the flag.
Regrouping for the second race, a technical issue saw the young Briton pull in on the sighting lap, but after re-joining the race from the pit-lane Lowes was forced to retire.
With air temperatures a steady 30°C throughout, the light cloud allowed track temperatures to drop slightly between the two races, the midday outing peaking at 42°C. Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea and Aprilia’s Leon Haslam battled for first and second positions, sharing one a piece across the two races with Ducati’s Chaz Davies collecting third position in both.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki returns to its UK base to prepare for the second round of competition as the World Championship travels to Asia for its inaugural race in Thailand on Sunday March 22nd.
“I just don’t know what to say. Me and the team have put in so much work all week to have a strong package for today and from the very start of the warm-up session to the end of my second race, everything that could go wrong, did. It’s impossible to point the finger at anyone or anything, everyone has been putting in so much effort to support me and get the GSX-R in the front group and we managed that all week but today it fell apart. Right now I just feel flat but we’ll get back, get re-focused and rebuild for the second round of the Championship. There is still a lot of racing left to do!”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“To detail the problems we had today would need a lot more than a quote in a press release so I’m not going to try, just suffice to say that this is the most disappointed I think I’ve ever felt at a race track at the end of the day based on the potential of what we could have achieved compared to what we did. As a team we will regroup, take the positives of the really strong performance potential shown by the bike, and of course Alex, this week and make sure that we approach round two in a positive way and get back involved with the fight at the front because there is no doubt that rider and machine are capable of that.”
Source: Suzuki Racing