LOWES FIGHTS PAIN BAR­RIER

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Insurance - By Gor­don Ritchie WSB RE­PORTER

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’

ALEX LOWES

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