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WSBK Imola, Italy: Lowes given fresh optimism by top six finish

Alex Lowes says his Crescent Pata Yamaha squad has been given fresh optimism heading to Malaysia after equalling his season best result.
Alex Lowes says his Crescent Pata Yamaha squad has been given fresh optimism heading to Malaysia after equalling his season best result of sixth place in race two at Imola.

The lone factory Yamaha rider battled on after his team-mate Syvlain Guintoli sustained a broken ankle and heavy bruising on his back and chest in a nasty high side crash in qualifying at Imola.

After an underwhelming 11th place finish in race one Lowes and his crew worked on finding consistent race pace and were rewarded with the British rider matching his best finish of the year, his sixth place from race one in Thailand.

"We made some changes to the bike overnight which gave me a better feeling and this helped me to do my best lap of the weekend after 11 laps of the race,” Lowes said. “I was struggling a little with consistency at the end but we learnt a lot and did a good job.

“We made some good steps forward compared to our opposition and our next target has got to be to start the weekends a little more competitively from the outset.”

Thanks to his sixth place Lowes has jumped above his side-lined team-mate and into tenth in the World Superbike riders' championship.

The 2013 British Superbike champion is optimistic the progress made in race two at Imola will be something the team can lean on as it gets up to speed with the Yamaha YZF-R1 having switched from Suzuki machinery over the winter.

“Obviously it's still a new bike and we are learning as we go along but I think a lot of what we have achieved here will be relevant as we head to other tracks and hopefully we can be a bit more competitive from the start of Friday," he said.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Suzuki , Imola , Thailand , lowes , alex lowes

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Navelgazer

May 05, 2016 12:22 PM

Agree with both posts - shame SMR didn't get the deal with Yam and had to run the Beemer instead, but to be fair I think Brookes is doing a fairly decent job - we're seeing flashes of his BSB style & pace - not sure he ever rode a BMW before? I think Alex is feeling a bit of pressure seeing his brother doing well, plus having a GP seat for next year. Hopefully the year will improve and we can have both the boys at the top of their respective fields.

exloko

May 05, 2016 12:14 AM

yzam10, agree and not agree at all, very probably Milwakee and Brookes would do more and better work that is logic, after all they come from win BSB aboard the new Yamaha, by the way for me J,Brookes is doing a very good job aboard a limited BMW in some ways, always beat K.Abraham, and near the top ten, not easy as can sound i guess... but at the same time have to count they are in SBK spec mode that should be some different, adapting all things to each circuit... the competitive for top places is high, for me Guintoly and A.Lowes are doing a good job even if it dont be translate to results, is time matter for me, if this year finally is a disaster, very probably the next year they will break the top, all team machine and riders are great and have a lot to give yet...



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