May 5th

The Lowes WorldSBK blog - a strong finish in Assen

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 a weekend at Assen that started with difficulty but ended on a high.

Hello everyone,

I've been quite busy since I last checked in, firstly I headed out to Texas to surprise my brother at the MotoGP race. He had no idea I was going so the look on his face when he walked into his hotel lobby on the Thursday night was priceless!

I enjoyed the weekend a lot, Circuit Of The Americas is a great track and I'd definitely like to ride there one day. Sam is learning every weekend and me being trackside helped him identify some areas to work on next for him. Ultimately the race was slightly disappointing for him as he crashed out of a point scoring position.

For me, Assen was a little bit more turbulent than I expected; it's a track I have always gone well at so I had high expectations of the weekend.

Unfortunately due to my mistake I had a quick fall on Friday which lost us a lot of time and put us on the back foot.

Race one was going well, I started from 12th but at the half way stage I was battling for fifth when I lost the front at turn 10, which is a very flat and quite difficult corner in the final flowing part of the cicuit. The main reason was I chose the wrong front tyre and it was wearing too much.

Due to my first DNF of the season in race one, I had to start race two from P15. These are new regulations for World Superbike where the race two grid is determined from race one. So far this year it has worked perfectly for me but not this time.

I wasn't sure what we could achieve in the second race after a tough weekend but for me it was my best race of the year.

On lap eight I was still in 13th in the middle of a good battle. I enjoyed the race so much and gave it everything I had to climb up to fifth. It was nice and so important to finish the difficult weekend with a strong ride. It gives me a lot of confidence heading into the next event at Imola. Hopefully it will be a smoother weekend and we can get my first podium of the year.

Since Assen I've had a couple of days on the flat track bikes. I'm trying to improve a few areas of my riding technically so I'm working hard on that whilst have a lot of fun at the same time! I will check in after Imola and I can feel the excitement already because the Donington Park round is now only weeks away I cannot wait!

Alex 22

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