Alex Lowes says he's confident his Crescent Pata Yamaha will be able to find its stride at Assen this weekend having built up his pace over the opening rounds of the 2016 World Superbike championship.
The British rider and team-mate Sylvain Guintoli stunned the WSBK paddock by securing front row starts in the first European round at Aragon to demonstrate the team's raw pace but continued to struggle to convert it into a competitive race pace, eventually slipping down the running order.
Lowes believes the team is making strong progress at every round and feels with 'the Cathedral of Speed' playing to the bike's cornering speed and acceleration he can produce results Yamaha has been targeting upon its return to WSBK this year.
"Assen is a track that is so much fun to ride, I am optimistic that it will suit the Yamaha and we can start to get the results we deserve,” Lowes said. “Everything has been improving over the last few races, from my and the teams' understanding of the YZF-R1 to the bike and the whole team's development. I really hope for a solid weekend and a good performance in the races where we can fight a lot closer to the front."
This weekend will mark the new Yamaha YZF-R1's debut at the track in World Superbikes but last year Josh Brookes powered the bike to a double victory with Milwaukee Yamaha in British Superbikes.