Steps in the right direction for Alex Lowes on day one at Assen

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Continuing the detailed electronics development started at Aragon a week ago, Alex Lowes and teammate Randy de Puniet took to the Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands today for the opening free practices on their Voltcom Crescent Suzuki World Superbikes.

A frustrating morning saw both racers spend the majority of the first 45-minute session evaluating data in the garage rather than completing actual track time – with Lowes and de Puniet completing 10 and 13 laps respectively with their Yoshimura-powered machines – but the efforts paid dividends as the Englishman’s afternoon progression highlighted. Improving his pace by almost three seconds, Alex completed the practice in seventh with a time of 1’36.918 – just over a second from Friday’s fastest.

A dry and bright TT Circuit brought temperatures of just 11°C for the fourth round of the World Superbike Championship’s opening day, despite a brief shower threatening to disrupt the morning session. Ducati’s Chaz Davies topped the times sheets with a 1’35.748 ahead of the earlier victor, Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes.

The team returns to the Assen TT Circuit at 09:45hrs local time (08:45BST) tomorrow morning for the last timed free practice, the non-timed session on track at 12:30hrs (11:30BST) before the afternoon’s two 15 minutes Superpole qualifiers commence at 15:00hrs (14:00BST).

Alex Lowes:
“Another difficult day. We’ve made some steps in the right direction but it will be interesting to see if we can improve further tomorrow. I’m still not 100% confident with the bike but I’m hoping once we gain that confidence we can find the consistency and pace that we need. The lads are doing a good job and we are all doing our best to find a solution, I really appreciate the hard work so once we’ve slept on it tonight we can come back fresh and ready to tackle it head-on tomorrow.”

Source: Suzuki Racing