Unfortunate Turn 2 crash ends Alex’s Race 1 hopes
An exciting and closely-fought first MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship race of the season at the Australian Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit saw Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes run a strong race, matching his teammate in pace and position, before a turn two crash put paid to his debut on the YZF-R1.
Alex started the 22-lap battle strongly – firmly in the front group for the initial laps. Mid-race saw both Yamaha riders prevented from utilising their pace as effectively as they would have liked. Taking the opportunity to pass one rider with eight laps to go, first Guintoli then Lowes looked to exploit the free air but unfortunately for the latter it was short lived – an issue at turn two resulting in a trip through the gravel.
Alex will now be looking to secure a strong points-scoring finish from Sunday’s race.
“I’m disappointed to start the season with a crash at Phillip Island. I was feeling comfortable on the YZF-R1 after the work spent in practice here over the past week and a strong qualifying. We have made some good progress already and will continue to work step-by-step tonight but I’m looking forward to a stronger finish and a second chance at some good points in the race tomorrow afternoon.”
Source: Yamaha Racing