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Lowes on the Podium as Van der Mark denied Victory Challenge

Lowes on the Podium as Van der Mark denied Victory Challenge

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Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's Alex Lowes made it two podiums in three races as he secured second in an incredibly dramatic race one in the sun at Misano for round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship

Lowes had a good start from seventh on the grid, moving up to sixth in the first corner. During the opening stages of the race he kept a consistent pace, never letting the riders in front get away. When his teammate crashed out on lap 15 Lowes was in fifth and pushing hard to try and close the gap to Tom Sykes ahead of him. There was more drama to come, as first Marco Melandri crashed out of the race, and then on the last lap Chaz Davies crashed, taking Jonathan Rea with him. Lowes took his chance and crossed the line in second to secure his best ever result for the Pata Yamaha team and made it two podiums in three races, after his third-place finish at Donington Park.

This result sees Alex Lowes move up to fourth in the championship standings with 141 points, just 45 behind Chaz Davies in third.

Lowes will line up in the middle of the third row in eighth for Sunday's race two, he is looking forward to getting back on track for race two at 13:00pm on Sunday.

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 2nd

"Of course, I am happy to be on the podium! This weekend started really tough for me with 3 crashes on Friday, and I just haven't had the front-end feel at this track that I have had at all the other tracks, and honestly, I have been struggling. But in the race today I managed to get a decent start and I noticed a lot of the other guys were struggling as well and I managed to keep a consistent pace. I hope all the guys who crashed are alright. My teammate Michael did a fantastic job all weekend, and it sounds as if the crash wasn't his fault at all, so he deserved a lot more from that race. It's nice to be on the podium and it's great to see our hard work paying off. Even without the guys at the front making the mistakes, we were still relatively close to the front which is a good step for us. I am happy, it's a great result after a tough weekend and hopefully we can make some small changes to the bike and be closer to the battle for the win tomorrow."

Paul Denning

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Principal

"Alex struggled to find a good feeling all weekend here in Misano, so his approach to the race was be consistent, be safe, learn as much as he could and take a step forward tomorrow. Alex did exactly that and until he backed off towards the end of the race was very close to Sykes and the podium fight. His pace was probably better then he, or we, expected and that is something to build on tomorrow. Sometimes you get lucky in sport, but Alex made his own luck by making no mistakes and being in the right places at the right time to equal his best result in WorldSBK and move up to fourth in the championship."