Pata Yamaha Ready to Launch Triple-Pronged Assault at Donington Park

Pata Yamaha Ready to Launch Triple-Pronged Assault at Donington Park

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The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are fully motivated for their home event at Donington Park this weekend, Round 6 of the 2018 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, as they prepare to challenge for honours with a three-rider lineup in the UK.

 Local hero Alex Lowes cannot wait to ride in front of the passionate UK fans at his home round as he looks to repeat his last-to-third podium heroics from Donington last season.

For Lowes, you could not get much more of a home round than Donington! Born in Lincoln, the 27-year-old British rider only lives five minutes from the circuit and he is relishing the chance to race in front of the British fans. Last year saw him pull off one of the rides of the year in Race 1, as he charged from last to third after being run off track to record his second WorldSBK Podium at Donington Park. After a tough couple of weekends in Imola and Assen that have seen Lowes fight valiantly through adversity despite showing good pace, he is now looking forward to getting to a track he knows suits his R1 and his riding style as he aims to return to the podium. Following his 16-point haul from the last round at Imola, Lowes is currently seventh in the championship standings with 92 points and determined to close the gap to the Championship top 3.

Located near Castle Donington in Leicestershire, Donington Park hosted its first motorcycle race in 1931. Requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence in 1939 at the start of the Second World War, it reopened its doors to racing in 1973. The 4,023km circuit has 12 corners in total, seven right-handed and five left-handed, plus a start/finish straight of 550m in length, and is known for its fast-flowing corners, dramatic elevation changes and its two hairpins.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team takes to the track at their home round for FP1 on Friday at 9:45 am local time (GMT+1) in the UK, with Race 1 scheduled for 1:15 pm GMT on Saturday, and Race 2 at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 7th - 92 points

"I really enjoy Donington Park! It's such a fun track to ride, especially the section from Redgate down to Hollywood, Craner Curves, the Old Hairpin and through to Schwantz, it is one of the best sections of track anywhere in the world. It's an added bonus that it's so close to home for me and I love racing in front of the British fans as they're always amazing. I can't wait to get started!"