Alex Lowes has overcome the pain barrier with his recently broken left collarbone but feels a race distance around Donington Park will be a tough task, after he ended Friday practice fourth fastest for Pata Yamaha.
The 25-year-old was determined to be fighting fit for his home round at Donington Park and after clearing the medical test set by World Superbike doctors at the end of FP1, he demonstrated his outright pace on the Yamaha by grabbing fourth on the timesheet - seven-tenths off of the dominant Kawasaki duo of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.
Despite managing the pain without any medical relief on Friday, Lowes feels producing a race distance and the same intensity and speed of his short blasts today will be a much harder challenge.
“I feel quite good but my shoulder and collarbone gets sore after three or four laps so I think I might need some help in the races,” Lowes said. “As good as today went I was a little bit gutted in the second session because I realised it was the best the bike has felt in terms of handling all year. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to take full advantage of that.
“I will see what I can do tomorrow and of course I appreciate the support. I'll dig as deep as I can and get the best result possible.”
Lowes has played down his chances of a rostrum on home soil due to the physical demands of Donington Park but is determined to take on the challenge while carrying the injury.
“Without being negative I think it would be difficult for me to get on the podium this weekend because it is fine to do three or four fast laps is fine but that is only eight or nine minutes,” he said. “To do about 35 minutes at full race pace especially in the last part of the track which is quite physical.
“I'll try and do a good job and perhaps with a bit of adrenaline in the race you never know what is possible. I know I'll do my best for all the laps and see where we end up.”
Pata Yamaha is already running a stand-in rider with Cameron Beaubier for the injured Sylvain Guintoli who is still recovering from a broken right ankle sustained in a nasty high-side crash during qualifying at Imola.