Sixth position for Alex in Argentinean round race 2
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK concluded a strong weekend in Argentina with Alex Lowes finishing in sixth position on Sunday afternoon: as a result, the Pata Yamaha teammates are now separated by just a single point in the championship standings, with Alex currently holding the advantage in third place.
Alex and teammate Michael van der Mark started the day’s 21-lap WorldSBK Race 2 from the second row of the grid, having finished the morning’s Superpole Sprint Race in fifth and sixth places respectively. The two Pata Yamaha riders made a good start and, while both were quick to find their rhythm, neither had the outright pace needed to compete for the podium.
Alex rode a solid but lonely race to sixth place, lacking the additional pace needed to close the gap to van der Mark ahead of him. The Dutchman managed to find a little bit extra in the closing stages of the race to catch and pass Bautista for fourth place, but the gap to the podium contenders was insurmountable in the few laps remaining.
“I had a bit of a frustrating start to Race 2. I’ve had a few issues back shifting to first gear and on the opening lap I got a slipstream from Sandro on the straight and was maybe in a bit too fast and I couldn’t get the gear to go in. It was shame, because when you lose track position it’s really difficult to recover. I had good pace, but not quite enough to catch back after losing ground. Michael was in a similar situation in the Superpole Race; he was matching my pace but didn’t have that little bit extra needed to close on me. I felt I rode quite well today, made no mistakes and I enjoyed the race, but I didn’t want to be finishing sixth. But now we need to focus on the final round in Qatar. I’m looking forward to racing there and defending my third position in the championship.”