Podium finish for Alex on Saturday at #FRAWorldSBK
Alex Lowes (KRT) achieved his pre-race target of finishing on the podium and took third place today at Magny Cours.
Alex was in second place on lap one and after some battles with other riders he went into fourth and eventually his final third position, using a cool head in the tricky conditions to secure his third podium finish of the year so far.
In Tissot-Superpole, also held in wet conditions, teammate Rea recovered well enough from a small crash in the early morning FP3 session to go third fastest, earning a front row starting position. Just one place behind, Alex was fourth, and started race one from the second row of the grid.
Two more WorldSBK races remain for Alex at Magny Cours on Sunday – the 10-lap Superpole ‘sprint’ race and then a full 21-lap finale to wrap-up the penultimate round of the championship.
“The first part of the race I felt quite good. In the second part I did not feel that good under hard braking, as the front was sliding a lot. Because I had a bit of a gap behind I just tried to manage the situation. I think we can improve a bit for tomorrow, of course, but I am happy to be back on the podium in these conditions. I have a lot of experience of riding around here in the rain from past seasons, but after the resurfacing it is like a different track. All the braking markers and tip-in points I remember from the past in the rain, you may as well completely forget them!”