The Lowes WorldSBK blog – more strong finishes in Thailand!
Pata Yamaha World Superbike rider Alex Lowes is writing a regular blog on the Donington Park website during the build-up to the only UK round of the championship on 26-28 May. In his latest entry, Alex reports back on another strong weekend in Thailand to continue his excellent start to the season!
Time for another check in. I’m currently travelling home from Thailand and round two. It is something I really enjoy getting to travel to all different parts of the world doing something I love, I appreciate how lucky I am. The Thai race has great support and I personally think it is great for WorldSBK to race there.
It was a very hot one, for both races the air temperature was 37 degrees and track around 60! It’s a challenge I was never used to until a couple of years ago when I joined the world championship. Unfortunately I was never used to it growing up in BSB, but with a few races a year in places like Malaysia, Suzuka, and Thailand I have got more used to it and I really enjoy the extra challenge.
There are a few things I do different for these rounds – including using the pool below that I use to cool my body temperature down after sessions which helps me recover! It’s so important to keep hydrated during the week so I change my diet and what I drink a little bit to suit. When racing in the hotter conditions you have to be smoother, it’s a lot easier to make the bike slide front and rear so you have to be patient and let it happen a lot more. I did struggle with that in my first year but the more experience I have the more comfortable I feel when the track hots up!
It may look relaxing, but the pools help Alex recover!
In the end I was happy to come away from round two with a sixth and a fourth place. During the practice sessions on Friday I was really struggling to feel comfortable with the front of the R1. My base setting from winter testing wasn’t giving me the same sensation I needed.
Race one was tough but I did the best I could and we learnt a lot, For race two the bike was working really well and honestly I wasn’t too far from challenging for the podium. My goal for the coming races is to try get my first podium with Yamaha, I have to improve in a few areas but I fully believe we can achieve it. I have never enjoyed riding so much as now and I am so motivated. The team are working so hard and the atmosphere is fantastic, already I can’t wait for Aragon!
Now I’m going home for a couple of days to relax before getting back into training to push for more when the European season starts! Also I am looking forward to catching up with my brother who is staying with me this week before his MotoGP debut in Qatar so I’m sure we will have a lot to talk about!
Thank you very much for reading and catch up soon!
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