Though a solitary seventh place finish wasn't what he had hoped for heading into race day at Thruxton, Alex Lowes nonetheless proved he had the race pace to consolidate his shock maiden pole position.
The former WFR Honda EVO rider was a revelation on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki, claiming his and the team's maiden pole position just a day after throwing his leg over the ZX-10R for the very first time.
Though a tentative start in wet weather conditions set Lowes back initially, he stormed his way up the order to grab the lead on lap six. However, it was a position he'd hold for just two laps as Michael Laverty soon cruised past, Lowes proceeding to slip down the order to cross the finish line in seventh.
Starting tenth for race two, Lowes once again picked his way up the order, rising to second position in just five laps. However, his hopes of chasing down leader Shane Byrne were scuppered on lap six when he high-sided out of the Club chicane and crashed into retirement.
A somewhat unsatisfactory end to an otherwise outstanding Kawasaki debut, while Lowes was taking many positives away, he admits he was disappointed for the team.
“I'm happy that on my first time on the bike I showed I have the speed with pole position and leading the first race but obviously I'm disappointed I crashed out of the second one. I'm still learning so I just need to understand when to push and when to back off.
“I really wanted to do well for the team, they have had such a tough few weeks they deserved to be on the podium. The bike is fantastic, the team are great to work with and I'd like to say sorry to the whole team I couldn't reward them with any trophies this weekend.”