Positive start for Alex in Misano
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki made a positive start to the Misano World Superbike round in Italy today concluding free practice sixth-tenths-of-a-second from provisional pole as Alex Lowes claimed ninth in the combined times.
With improvements to his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000 evident from the off, Lowes completed 39 laps of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli across the day’s two 45-minute sessions – matching the total of returning Aprilia rider Max Biaggi.
Less than half-a-second separated the top nine riders for the majority of the afternoon session, with Alex initially running top-three after just five laps on track. A small crash in the closing minutes prevented the British racer from making any late advances. However, his 1’36.052 keeps him firmly in contention with the front-runners heading into Saturday’s final timed practice.
Announcing his return to the Championship with a dominating performance, Biaggi headed both of the day’s sessions – his 1’35.380 best set in the final five-minutes as the new Misano surface reached 43°C.
Alex returns to the World Circuit at 09:45hrs local time (08:45BST) for the final timed free practice ahead of Saturday’s Superpole at 15:00hrs (14:00BST).
“It’s been a positive day. Everything we found at the Portimao test is working at Misano this weekend. Realistically at the moment, it’s looking like we have a motorcycle that is capable of challenging the top-six. We have some changes with the electronics and the chassis to make tomorrow to hopefully find two-or-three-tenths and be a bit more competitive. I had a small crash at the end of the last session but it was nothing; I knew I was on the limit with the front and it just tucked, so lesson-learnt and we’ll keep moving forward.”
Source: Suzuki Racing