The Lowes WorldSBK blog - Ups and downs in Aragon
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 challenging weekend in Spain, where a slight change in luck could have resulted in a podium finish.
Hope you’re all well and enjoyed the BSB races at Donington Park, I watched them whilst over in Spain and they did not disappoint. I was happy to see my good friend Leon Haslam pretty much dominate both races! He looked really strong at Donington and at Brands Hatch and is going to take some beating this year! I had a slightly more difficult weekend in Aragon although my pace was really strong.
In the Super pole we had a technical problem which left me unable to put in a lap time therefore I had start from P12. Race one was probably my most fun race so far this year. I didn’t manage to make up many places in the first four laps, but after then I found a good rhythm with the R1 and made up eight places to finish in fourth.
I had the pace to challenge for the podium and was one of the strongest guys over the second part of the race. This really shows how much the guys have improved the Pata Yamaha because at this race last year we were strong for one lap but really struggled over the race distance, so to see the step up in just 12 months is fantastic and huge credit to the team.
Race two again I felt awesome with the bike and up until lap 11 I was in the lead group, even leading for three laps. Then I had a small issue that has been plaguing me a little bit this year with shifting, it’s a combination of my style and the bike which cause a false neutral. The bike jumped back into first and I had no choice other than to get the bike under control and run off. I was very frustrated as I had done everything right and was in the position to challenge for the podium again during the last seven laps.
Anyway, now the dust has settled it was a very small mistake with a big consequence as I eventually finished 13th, losing over 20 seconds with the excursion. I’m very happy with the competitiveness we showed at another circuit and I’m really optimistic heading to one of my favourite circuits, Assen, for the next round this weekend.
I’ve had three weekends off, so I’ve enjoyed some time relaxing at home with some Golf and off road training too! I also surprised my bro by flying out to Texas to support him at the Moto GP race at Austin! I’m already looking forward to next month’s WorldSBK races at Donington Park and I am hoping to see a lot of you there. It’s going to be awesome!
Tickets are on sale online for the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park on 26-28 May, and offer savings on the gate prices. For more information and to purchase, click here.