Mechanical failures prove frustrating end to Qatar and 2015
It was a to prove a disappointing end to both the Qatar weekend and the 2015 season for Alex Lows at the Losail International Circuit last night.
A blistering start to the first race of the night had seen Alex Lowes battle to a podium position – which would also match his season’s best – to take third from Chaz Davies on lap four while holding off the charging three riders behind him for the next three laps.
Unfortunately, the British racer was forced to retire his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R on lap seven with an engine problem. The bad luck continued into the final race of the year as Lowes brought his GSX-R into the pits after the sighting lap, failing to re-join the grid as the lights went out and bringing his season to an early close. Lowes concludes his second year 10th in the championship standings with 135 points.
2015’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship concluded under the Losail floodlights with Aprilia’s Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam taking the top step for one race each as the desert temperatures still registered 34°C on track despite the late night schedule.
“Thank you to the whole Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team for all their hard work and everyone at Suzuki and Yoshimura for their support over the last two years. It’s such a disappointing way to end the season as we had made a huge step yesterday and an even bigger one today, after a difficult day on Friday. We were fourth in warm-up and sitting third in the first race and I felt comfortable enough with the bike to fight with the riders around me when the bike stopped. We changed the engine for race two but unbelievably on the warm-up lap it tightened up and I had to pull into pit-lane. It couldn’t be a more disappointing way to end the year but I have learned a lot and I am riding well.”