Round 6 of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park saw Alex Lowes secure a solid fourth place in both Race 1 and Race 2. And Pata Yamaha teammate Michael van der Mark stormed through to finish first on both days – a superb result for the team.
Race 1 saw Lowes get off to a blazing start, moving into third place at Turn 1. By halfway through the race however, it was clear that he was losing out on corner exits and he finished in fourth.
Commenting afterwards, Lowes said: “We have struggled a lot this weekend with the setting of the bike coming off the corners, so I knew before the race it was going to be tough. I hung in there as long as I could but, unfortunately, my feeling with the bike and my pace was not strong enough although it was still another solid race for me.”
Pole position for Race 2
In pole position for Race 2, Lowes didn’t have the best of starts and dropped to fifth at the first corner. He stormed back to take second place by the end of the first lap and took the lead in lap two. He battled hard to stay in front and kept the lead until lap 17. Despite struggling with corner exits once more, he showed real determination, fighting back to cross the line in fourth place.
“It was a tough race, despite leading for so long,” he said. “I was hoping to fix the issues we had had at the end of Race 1 because I knew I could be quite strong. It was a little better than yesterday but I still had the same restriction where I simply could not maximise my performance at the end. What is frustrating for me, is that historically my strongest part of the race is the last part, at the minute that is not the case. This is really frustrating but, apart from this, I did my best and I rode well. Well done to Michael and all of his team. It is nice to see that we are at the front and it’s great for everyone involved.”
Lowes was unlucky to miss out on a podium spot but picked up 26 points and is seventh in the championship standing.