Top six for Alex Lowes at Laguna Seca
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes scored a stellar sixth place finish for the opening race of the World Superbike weekend at Laguna Seca in America.
A great start off the lights saw the British racer sitting sixth on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R for the initial three laps of the morning’s action before a small error dropped him back slightly to eighth. Digging deep for the mid-race, Alex increased his pace to take seventh from World Champion Sylvain Guintoli on lap 17. Lowes then closed the gap on Leon Haslam, pressing the Aprilia rider into an error and claiming sixth and 10 points at the flag.
Race two looked to be an equally strong performance for Alex as he held seventh on lap one after another good start. However it wasn’t to be, as an issue with the front tyre and an early incident on lap two brought about his eventual retirement on lap nine. Lowes leaves America 10th in the standings with 94 championship points and ready for two races in the far-east in the coming weeks.
A mixed day of humid clouds, sunshine and the threat of rain saw lower than normal track temperatures (peaking at just 33°C) as Ducati’s Chaz Davies converted his pole-sitting pace into a double race win.
As the freight is packed up to travel directly to Malaysia, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki now prepare to journey east for round 10 at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday August 2nd, while Alex flies first to Japan for the Suzuka 8-Hours World Endurance race next week.
“I felt good in race one. I made a small mistake in the first turn, but I recovered from that and it was great to race, catch and pass Sylvain and close down on Leon on the factory Aprilia. The bike felt much better than it has done recently and we made good progress over the course of the weekend. The second race I was fully fired-up for a good fight to try and get involved at the front but immediately on the first lap it felt like I had a front puncture, the bike was folding everywhere and I had no choice but to come into the pit. The bike itself felt perfect, the same as race one, but we will have to investigate the situation with the tyre. Because it was spitting with rain and the race was effectively over having come in, we threw wet tyres on just in case the rain got heavy which would have allowed us to get back involved. Unfortunately the rain didn’t come, I was out for a few laps but it was clear there was nothing more to be gained. A disappointing end to a really good weekend but the first race has set me up well for the 8-Hour next week and I will be coming back to WSBK in Sepang knowing that we can fight with the group.”
Source: Suzuki Racing