Alex Lowes will miss the final two days of testing at Jerez after he dislocated his left shoulder in a fast spill at turn three at the close of Wednesday afternoon.
The 25-year old was showing strong pace on the new Pata Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike as he completed 77 laps before high-siding mid-corner at the fast left-handed turn.
While trackside doctors attended Lowes, it soon became apparent that his movement of the impacted shoulder joint was severely compromised. With a speedy recovery the main priority, the 2013 British Superbike champion saw little sense in risking an aggravation of the injury.
"I'm disappointed not to be able to continue testing, as we have been doing a great job in understanding the YZF-R1 and developing my own riding style to suit it over the past few weeks,” said Lowes. “We were unlucky with the weather at Aragon so I was looking forward to a full three days of good conditions at Jerez to really get down to business.
“It wasn't to be, and my priority needs to be my fitness and rehabilitation after the crash yesterday, but we have been making some good progress so I'm pleased with the development so far. I felt really good on the bike yesterday and was able to be fast and consistent, I just made a small mistake - and perhaps got caught out by the drop in temperature at the end of the day - and it resulted in a pretty big crash!”
Neither Lowes nor new team-mate Sylvain Guintoli set official times, but rumors stated the Englishman's pace was faster than the times set by Nicky Hayden and Chaz Davies on Wednesday.
Taking that into consideration, Lowes now feels that he must use the winter break to recover to full fitness before testing resumes in January.
“The guys have done a great job this month and I know they will continue their hard work without me, now I just need to focus on getting back to 100% so we can be in the best possible position for the January tests and ready for Phillip Island."