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Lowes Just Misses Out on Race 2 Podium in Jerez

Lowes Just Misses Out on Race 2 Podium in Jerez

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The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team rounded off a superb weekend in Jerez by completing another double top-six finish in a dramatic restarted Race 2, on a gloriously sunny Sunday at the penultimate round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship. Alex Lowes rode one of his best races of the season, showing incredible pace in the latter stages to charge to fourth and miss out on the podium by just 0.650s.

Lowes started Sunday's Race 2 from pole position following on from his fourth-place finish in Race 1 on Saturday. When the lights went out, he made a good start and settled in behind his teammate in second before the red flag was shown on the opening lap. In the restarted 19-lap race, Lowes entered the first corner in second behind van der Mark in a carbon copy of the original start. The teammates battled together on the opening lap before Jonathan Rea passed them both for the lead, with Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies also getting past Lowes, as the 27-year-old patiently took his time to find a good feeling with his harder option front tyre, whilst battling with the top riders in the championship. The British rider had focused on working on his late-race pace the whole weekend, realising that the abrasive new surface at Jerez would reward consistency in the latter stages. Lowes completed a 21-lap race simulation in FP2 on Friday, a strategy that clearly helped as halfway through the race he was able to improve his lap times and from fifth, started to close down the riders ahead of him.

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 4th +4.624s

"Honestly, my R1 was really good today! The first six laps I was too slow and couldn't find the front grip I needed but in the second half of the race I was quite strong. We worked really hard this weekend and I did the best I could, so we have to be happy. Two fourth places are nice and hopefully, we can get that podium I wanted in Qatar instead, but it has been a really good day and I have enjoyed it. I tried to work on my pace for the second half of the race, as I knew the new surface would come into play, so I have worked all weekend to make sure I was strong at the end of the race and tried to catch a podium that way. It obviously worked as my pace was strong, so I have to be happy with that and with the work the team has done because we had a plan and we carried it out and it worked pretty well., Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough today but at the next race hopefully it will be. We have put the work in and we are starting to see some of the rewards for it. I am a racer, I want to win but I know that all of the races and the hard work we are doing now gives us more of a chance to do just that in future, and I look forward to seeing what we can do in Qatar!"

Paul Denning

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Principal

"Another exciting race this afternoon here in Jerez and, once again, both the Pata Yamahas were fighting with the very best. Alex rode, for me, one of his strongest races of the year. We have had better results elsewhere but after a difficult start to the race, where he struggled with front grip and braking, he had to be calm and let the pace develop as the race wore on. To close down as much as he did on Chaz Davies, who dominated the races here last year, shows the progress that we, as Pata Yamaha and Alex himself, have made. Alex and his team should be very proud of their performance over the course of this weekend.

Well done to everybody at Yamaha, to the team, and to the riders! We are now in a position where the hard work is starting to pay off and we can begin to see ourselves as real contenders."