The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team rider mounted the podium in Thailand for a third time but admitted that to be 14 seconds off was gutting
The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship kicked off in fine style at the Chang International Circuit, with fierce, cut-throat racing throughout the 20-lap encounter. From third on the grid, Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) may have been pushed wide at Turn 1 by Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) but in no time at all – was back into third position where he would remain for the entirety of Race 1.
After a promising Tissot Superpole session which saw him complete the front row, Lowes had a strong race pace, completing the 20-lap race in his quickest time ever – despite still being more than 15 seconds behind race winner, Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati). It’s Lowes’ third podium in Thailand, with only Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) achieving more.
After the race, third-placed in the championship Lowes said; “I’m quite a happy with the race, it is like a win for us. But it is almost gutting to say that, to be 14 seconds off too. To ride what you think is a really good race and hold your teammate off and still be 14 seconds off is gutting. I enjoyed the race and I am happy to get another podium and I hope I can get another one tomorrow.”
Having giving Yamaha their 241st WorldSBK podium, he continued, saying: “When I was battling with Alvaro after he ran wide, the speed he came past me on the short straight was a bit frustrating because I couldn't even stay in his slipstream. So, a shame to be so far off the winner, but I'm satisfied with the third place."
Lowes made it Great Britain’s 657th individual podium placing, after Rea had made it 656th by finishing second. In the last two years in Thailand, the rider who has finished in third place in Race 1 has gone on to improve their position on Sunday. What lies ahead for Lowes?
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