The British rider has been a regular feature at the sharp end in 2019, and Imola promises more of the same!
It has been a phenomenally consistent opening four rounds for Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team), having finished inside the top five in every single race, something only Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) have achieved. Lowes is sitting pretty in third place in the championship and is keen to continue his good form at the famous Imola circuit.
With 12 consecutive races completed in no lower than fifth position, the 2018 Brno Race 2 winner has been a star of the 2019 season. Now, his attention turns to Imola, a circuit at which he has never achieved a top five finish. However, Lowes is a different rider in 2019 and will be looking to continue the sensational run.
Previewing the Pirelli Italian Round, Lowes said: "The first races this season have been really strong for us and I'm enjoying racing; we're improving with every race and my feeling with the team and the bike is improving all the time. You never want three weeks off from racing, but it's been good to recharge the batteries, focus on some areas where we need to improve going into the next three races in Imola, Jerez and Misano.”
Lowes is revitalised and ready to rock at Imola, a circuit at which a Yamaha rider has not stepped on the podium at since Cal Crutchlow in 2010. A win for Alex Lowes would also be significant for the manufacturer, as they have never won a race at Imola in their time in WorldSBK.
Continuing, Lowes stated: “Imola is a fantastic track with loads of character and quite a few changes of elevation. In terms of the bike, we need to get it set up on the brakes for the chicanes, but we also have to focus on corner exit; getting the bike out of the turns as fast as we can. I'm really looking forward to it and can't wait to get back to work, building on the results from the first part of the season."
You can see Lowes in action at Imola for FREE during FP1, as it will be live on worldsbk.com!
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