First World SBK win for Lexelle-sponsored rider
In a perfect day for Lowes, he took control of Race 2 from the start, successfully tackling the slippery track conditions. Teammate Michael van der Mark came in second, to make it a 1-2 for the delighted Pata Yamaha team.
After placing fifth in Race 1 in unexpectedly hot temperatures, Lowes and the team took all the data from that race and were able to deliver a bike for Race 2 that could handle the tough conditions.
From pole position, Lowes was in front for almost the entire race, van der Mark only managing to get past him for a few corners before dropping back into second. Marco Melandri briefly took the lead but lost control of his Ducati, putting Lowes back in first.
An elated Lowes commented afterwards: ““The first thing I need to say is a massive thanks to Yamaha, to the team and especially Paul who believed in me and brought me here from BSB. All the guys worked so hard to give me what I wanted on the bike. For me to win and Michael to come second for a Yamaha 1-2 is fantastic. On a personal level I’m so happy, Donington was hard to take, not to take anything away from Michael but it was tough for me to accept as I wanted to be the one to get the first win for the team as I felt like I’ve put so much into the project. The bike worked really well for me today, I really enjoyed the race, which is not easy when it’s so hot and slippery! I focused on being as smooth and consistent as I could be and now I’m over the moon. A massive thank you to Yamaha, I feel honoured to be part of this project and now we need to keep trying to win more races!”
Lowes is now placed at sixth in the standings, with 154 points.