LOWES FIGHTS PAIN BARRIER
Alex Lowes defied an injured left shoulder – hurt during testing in November – to put in 116 laps as Pata Yamaha arrived at Portimao.
Lowes didn’t do a full-on race simulation but completed laps in a series of bursts at the Portuguese track.
The 25-year-old Brit still set similar times to team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, with both riders into the mid1m 43s - only around half-a-second shy of the Ducati’s pace. No official times were given.
Despite his mobility issues Lowes impressed his team with his guts and determination in testing, to make up for the weeks he has had to be relatively immobile at home.
“My shoulder was Ok-ish!’ said Lowes after finishing his track sessions. “It was a little better yesterday than today, but I’m hoping a couple of days’ rest will do it good and I’ll be able to ride properly in Jerez.”
Guintoli’s experience in riding almost every imaginable kind of machine in his career is proving invaluable to Yamaha as they return to WSB as an official factory-backed effort. “We had new parts so there was some important tests, fundamental ones to determine if we are going to use them or not,” said Guintoli.
“That was really interesting and our work is going to carry on in Jerez. Portimao and Jerez are good tracks to try out our different parts because they are quite different in their layout. They are good tracks to make decisions which parts to use.”
Yamaha tried out new swingarms, triple clamps, and engine specs. The Jerez WSB test concludes today (Wednesday).
‘My shoulder was Ok-ish! Rest will do it good and I’ll be able to ride properly in Jerez’