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Pata Yamaha Aiming to End Season on a High in Qatar

Pata Yamaha Aiming to End Season on a High in Qatar

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The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are relishing the opportunity to perform at the final round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship in Qatar this weekend. Having gone from strength to strength throughout the year, the team will be looking to bow out on a high to bring an end to a 2017 season that has seen them emerge as regular podium contenders. Alex Lowes wants to finish the year in the strongest possible way and is hoping to add to his tally of three podiums so far in 2017 after back to back fourth-place finishes last time out in Jerez. 

Lowes loves the unique experience of racing under the floodlights at Qatar, and the 27-year-old British rider secured seventh in Race 1 at Losail last year, before fighting back superbly in a restarted Race 2 after a first-corner incident that saw him forced to charge his way from the back of the field to a well-deserved  tenth-place finish. Lowes was on fire at the last round in Jerez, with two strong rides that saw him once again battling with the top riders in the championship, just missing out on the podium in both races. The 2013 British Superbike Champion currently sits fifth in the championship standings with 226 points, with a maximum of 50 up for grabs at the final round of the season in Qatar.

The 5.380km Losail International Circuit is located 30km north of Doha in Qatar and plays host to the only night race on the WorldSBK calendar. Opened in 2004, this will be the ninth time the circuit has held a WorldSBK round and the track itself consists of 16 corners, ten right and six left-handed, plus a start/finish straight that is over a kilometre long. Providing a mix of fast-flowing corners and some technical slower sections, it has become a firm favourite with the riders and its layout always seems to provide an exciting spectacle under the floodlights for the fans.

The Acerbis Qatar round follows a different schedule than most, with just the WorldSBK & WorldSSP classes involved and the track action taking place at night from Thursday-Saturday. Therefore, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team will take to the track for Free Practice 1 on Thursday afternoon at 17:45 pm local time, with Friday's qualifying starting at 18:30 pm and Race 1 at 21:00 pm, while Saturday's Race 2 is also scheduled for 21:00 pm.

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 5th - 226 points

"This season seems to have gone by really fast! I'm ready for the final race of the year and I will be giving it everything I can to finish as strongly as possible. The race in Qatar is unique as it's our only night race, which I really enjoy. Overall the season has gone pretty well and I feel like I am improving all the time, so I want to make sure I take another step forward this weekend. The R1 finished on the podium here last year, and I learned a lot about getting the best from the bike at this type of track, so I think both me and my Yamaha are ready to give a strong performance! "