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