Alex Lowes takes positives from California into WSBK summer break


Lexelle-sponsored Alex Lowes claimed an impressive fifth place in race one of the Superbike World Championship meeting in California.

The Pata Yamaha rider could have secured even more points in race two had not been for a mistake on the final corner that cost him six places.

After a stunning start to race one Lowes moved into the top five on the fifth lap.

With his sights set on the podium, he couldent quite force his way through and finished just a second behind the third-placed rider.

Fifth place brought Lowes 11 points to retain 10th place in the championship standings.

“It was a good solid race,” Lowes said. “Obviously, there was a bit of pressure on after a disappointing qualifying from 10th, so overall I’m happy to be fifth.

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“I felt like with 10-15 laps to go we could challenge for the podium but unfortunately I was struggling to pass and just couldn’t find the right place. I had a couple of attempts but I just didn’t have the pace in the areas I needed to get the pass done.

“In the end, it felt quite frustrating but really it was a solid race and we’re quite happy.”

In race two Lowes was sixth after six laps and was firmly in the hunt for fourth.

An intense six-rider battle ensued for the mid-race distance, with Lowes ultimately holding eighth for the closing stages when a mistake at the final corner saw him briefly grounded, picking up his YZF-R1 to finish 14th.

“Niccolò (Canepa) passed me on the last lap and I had a go to get the position back at the last corner, like you should, but made a mistake and lost the front which was a shame,” said Lowes.

The Superbike World Championship now goes into its summer break and returns to action at the Lausitzring, Germany, on September 16.