Lonely race 1 at Magny Cours for Alex after early crash
Alex Lowes was left frustrated after a lonely ride to 18th place following a crash just two laps into the race.
Alex was battling within the leading group from the start, but his podium challenge came to a premature end when the Pata Yamaha rider crashed at turn 15 on lap two of 21. The 28-year-old Briton remounted to rejoin the race, but at the back of the field and 55 seconds down on the race leader.
A points scoring finish proved an impossible task today, with Lowes eventually crossing the line in 18th place. The fact that he maintained a consistent pace over the full race distance will pay dividends for Alex however, as his crew will use the race data to refine further the set up of his Yamaha YZF-R1 ahead of Race 2 tomorrow.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team – 18th + 1:12.942
“I made a strong start from the second row of the grid and was able to maintain my position on the opening lap, but then I made a small mistake at turn 15, touching the kerb on the inside of the corner, and it unsettled the bike enough to bring me off. That was my day pretty much done in terms of a result, but I managed to remount and finish the race. We’ll look at the data from the race tonight and, hopefully, we can find a solution to the issues I’m having on corner exit, as this would make a big difference in the race tomorrow.”