WILD­CARD

But says he was un­able to ride the bike how he wanted

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - AT SIL­VER­STONE MCN SPORTS EDI­TOR si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

ÒI didn’t do a very good job and I didn’t ride very well!ó That was Alex Lowes’ bru­tal ver­dict on his wild­card ride at Sil­ver­stone on Sun­day Ð but the fact he fin­ished 13th on the Tech3 Yamaha sug­gests he is be­ing too hard on him­self.

Rid­ing as a re­place­ment for the in­jured Bradley Smith, Lowes ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions in his de­but ride, mak­ing the Mo­togp pad­dock sit up and take no­tice. But de­spite the re­sult, Lowes, who has a habit of be­ing very crit­i­cal of his per­for­mances, was left un­sat­is­fied Ð even if his crew chief and man­ager thought he’d ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions (see right).

In a race where he bat­tled well in­side the points against a field of Mo­togp reg­u­lars, Lowes showed both pace and ma­tu­rity to fight with Eu­gene Laverty and Hec­tor Bar­bera.

ÒIN the end I was 40 sec­onds off the win in my first ever Mo­togp race. I didn’t feel good which is why I’m a bit neg­a­tive Ð but I’m leav­ing with some points, which was my goal. I just don’t feel like I rode very well, know­ing how I can ride.

ÒI feel like I’m rid­ing at 70 to 75% of how I ride a WSB bike where I can be ag­gres­sive and I know ex­actly what’s go­ing on. I’m not say­ing that I could go 2.5s a lap faster next time out, but I cer­tainly feel that there is a lot of room for im­prove­ment.ó

Hav­ing only com­pleted a max­i­mum of five-lap runs through­out Fri­day and Satur­day prac­tice ses­sions, the 19-lap race gave the 25-year-old-plenty to think about.

ÒI was on some lines in the race that were just wrong and there were times where I was think­ing how I shouldn’t be go­ing this much faster than the guys around me at this point in the cor­ner! But there were other places where I was prac­ti­cally stopped and they were driv­ing away from me. I need to change the way I ride the bike, I’m not even sit­ting on the bike right.

Òwith the WSB bike you have to hang off the bike more and keep it more up­right be­cause you can’t run the same lean an­gle. The po­si­tion and the speed you can take into the cor­ners is a lot more on a GP bike. It’s hard to get your head around, just how much quicker you can ac­tu­ally do stuff.ó

But while Lowes was crit­i­cal of his per­for­mance as a racer, he was left

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