The Lowes WorldSBK blog - close to the podium in Australia
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 installment, the British rider discusses the opening round in Australia, where he came close to a podium finish in both races!
I have just got back home from Australia and round one of 2017. Last year I stayed over that side of the world in between Phillip Island and Thailand, but this year I decided to head home for a few days and refocus on round two.
I am very happy with the start of the season, two fourth place finishes and bag full of points is a solid way to kick off. Of course it would have been nice to grab a podium but I just didn’t quite get it done. The whole Pata Yamaha team did a fantastic job this winter like I said in the last blog entry and it was clear to see in Australia.
We worked hard through the official test on race pace and I really enjoyed the whole week, I have definitely built up some confidence from the first two races and it was awesome to be in the fight, now I want to be there every week! There was a good turn out with the crowd at Phillip Island and I hope they and you enjoyed the racing, I certainly did!
I managed to get a few days golfing in with my brother before he headed back to Europe, Also on the Wednesday we had some television commitments for a Channel 9 kids programme in Australia. It was quite cool because we took the bike up to the studio and while we were there, a Koala called Bruce that was on the show after us, tried my R1 for size. A perfect photo opportunity and very Australian!
Lowes with a Koala, Koala on the bike of course!
Now I’m home for a few days of training and getting prepared for round two. I head out on Sunday so quite a quick turnaround but I am determined to back up our results from Australia and take the fight to Kawasaki and Ducati.
After every race I also do a technical report for the team which I did on the flight home. It’s good for the team to analyse and keep trying to improve but also for me to look back on in the future. At World Championship level all the guys are fast with great teams and support so its all the little bits that add up to make the difference. I can honestly say I feel very motivated, really happy and like I’m riding the best I ever have so I look forward to checking in with some more news when I am in Thailand where I am sure it’s going to be a lot warmer than here in Derbyshire!
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