Frustrating finish to Alex Lowes’ Magny Cours weekend
Conditions could not have been more different at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours this afternoon, although it was not to the benefit of Alex Lowes who concluded a difficult weekend in 19th after a fall at turn 13 on lap 12.
Suffering a bad start, Alex gave himself work to do from 14th as race two began but had quickly made up time and two places by the end of the opening lap.
Running in the high 1’38’s, the British rider was sitting in 11th from his second revolution, maintaining his position until a fall on lap 12 put paid to his efforts.
Re-joining the race in 20th he again attempted to move forward, but with the gap too large to bridge, he collected a frustrating 19th place finish at the flag.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now heads to southern Spain for the championship’s final European races at the Circuito de Jerez, in a fortnight’s time.
Race: 19th / +1.27.462 / 21 laps. Championship: 11th / 107 points
“A disappointing day again with a poor start which didn’t help but I started picking a few people off and got into a rhythm, creeping up on the top ten and then had the crash. It was another one in which I’m not really sure why it happened to be honest, which is frustrating because I didn’t feel like I had done anything wrong. In the end, it was a mistake, a crash and then the race is finished so I’m really, really disappointed. We need to turn this around because the whole year in general has been filled with lots of injury and disappointments, so together we need to somehow turn it around for the end of the year.”