The Lowes WorldSBK blog - Donington can be a great track for the Yamaha
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 discusses a challenging weekend at Imola, and his excitement ahead of his home round.
It’s just over a week until Donington Park World Superbike round and I cannot wait! It’s the only time I get to race in front of the awesome British fans during the year and I love it. I wish we had more home races but it makes it more special and important just having the one.
My last race in Imola was tough. It is the only race weekend so far, that as a team, we have struggled for speed. We worked really hard, but the gap to the top guys was too far. I managed a sixth in race two but it felt like damage limitation.
We changed the bike a lot, both chassis settings and also the basic geometry of the bike, but I just didn’t feel comfortable and able to drop the lap times like I needed too.
The atmosphere inside the camp this year is really good and even when the results aren’t coming as easy, or what I want, I’m still loving my racing more than ever. This makes me feel really lucky! We had a really nice meal with all my guys from the team on Sunday night. It feels compulsory to go out for a Pizza after racing in Italy, especially when it was my helper Rocky’s first time to Italy. So we learnt a lot, enjoyed it, and got the best results we can. Now it’s time to look forward again.
I really believe that Donington can be a great track for the R1 and although I missed the races there in 2016 with an injury I managed a few laps in practice and the bike felt good. I really want to fight for the podium, I think we can and that is my target.
In general, the start of the year has been great and I am riding well, so I’m optimistic about the weekend. I managed a podium here in 2014, my first year of WSBK, and have great memories of my BSB days after a winning double in 2013! My house is only 10 miles away from the track, so it has become a really special place for me.
I haven’t been up too much since I got back from Imola, the weather has been against us. I got out on the MX bike on Wednesday at Kirton Off Road Centre MX. It’s a revamped track, which they let us test. They have done a great job and its certainly worth trying out! Neil Hodgson, my manager (and friend of course), came out for a ride too. It was a lot of fun just, unfortunately, a bit wet and muddy! He’s still got it, although he was a lot more erratic than I expected. He made me look as smooth as Lorenzo, I didn’t wind him up too much about it though!
I am hoping to get a few days on the flat track bikes and some golf in over the weekend to help me relax a little bit. I have got a pretty busy week building up to Donington, with lots of PR duties. I’m in London on Wednesday for the WorldSBK pre event, then in the evening I’m heading to CMC motorcycles in Cannock! So I hope to catch a few of you there before the weekend kicks off.
Like I said before, I love racing at home and really, really appreciate the support I get. I’m very excited to race at Donington again, so let’s make it one to remember. I look forward to catching up with you all there.
All the best
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