Lowes misses out on home podium despite late race pace

Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:36 GMT

The 28-year-old returned to Donington Park with his eyes firmly on the podium prize, falling short by just under half-a-second in Race 2!

Coming back to the United Kingdom for his home round, Donington Park is always an important round for Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team). Having achieved three top-six finishes throughout the weekend, he has been one of the most consistent riders in the WorldSBK field.

Nearly reaching Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) in Race 2 for a return to the podium, Lowes couldn’t quite conquer the 14-time WorldSBK race winner. The young British rider put on a good show in front of his home fans, surging up the order one he got ahead of Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha). With the race proving a couple of laps short from what Lowes needed, he can still take heart that he finished less than half-a-second from Bautista in the race.

“I was really strong at the end of the race today," said Lowes after the race. "Yesterday’s weather really set us back a bit; obviously, I was fifth in the first race but starting from P8 for the Tissot Superpole Race meant that I couldn’t get too many places, especially with the red flag. In Race 2, I felt really strong and I felt like I had the pace for the podium this weekend but unfortunately, we didn’t get one."

Lowes has been consistently one of the top Yamahas all season, with his only blunders coming in Jerez in the Tissot Superpole Race and Race 2, whilst also in Misano, when he crashed out of the lead in Race 1. Lowes is just 14 points shy of his teammate Michael van der Mark in the standings, with Laguna Seca next up.

Continuing, Lowes stated: “P4 today, and I have to learn from what happened yesterday and move on to Laguna Seca. I love Laguna Seca as it is a track that I always enjoy racing at! I was able to get a podium there last year and I like going to that part of the world too; my brother is coming for a holiday too, now he has a couple of weeks off. I am really looking forward to it!”

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