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Alex Lowes says his Pata Yamaha squad are making pace improvements with the YZF-R1 after taking fifth place in race two at the Lausitzring to tighten his grip as the ‘best of the rest’ with fifth in the riders’ championship.

The British rider, who recently signed a new one-year deal with Pata Yamaha for 2018, finished race one in sixth place to secure a front-row start for race two on the reversed grid rule. However, the 2013 BSB champion fluffed the start off the line and dropped to eighth before battling back through the order to steal fifth place off Leon Camier on the final lap.

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Despite a satisfying race Lowes accepts Pata Yamaha still has plenty of work to do to close the gap to the factory Ducati and Kawasaki riders after finishing over 15 seconds behind race two winner Chaz Davies.

“We are still too far away from the guys in front so we need to focus to close that gap but a fifth and a sixth is a solid result for us,” Lowes said. “I am disappointed with the start of the race, I wanted to improve on my start from yesterday and make best use of the front row position but it didn't work out.

“My pace was a bit better early on than Race 1, but in general it was a good race for me, I had fun on the R1 despite this track being so strange, and I really enjoyed the battles. I am happy to have secured a sixth and a fifth-place finish this weekend, but we can definitely improve on these results so I will work with the guys and see if we can make a good step forward for Portimao.

“Honestly, I really enjoyed how we worked this weekend, I think the guys have done a great job and I am really looking forward to Portugal.”