First win in four years for Alex Lowes: ‘Incredible feeling, Race 2 was complete chaos’

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After a dazzling display at the Phillip Island WorldSBK round, Alex Lowes triumphantly returned to the winner’s circle with two stunning performances.

Alex Lowes showcased his unstoppable form in the WorldSBK Superpole Race, securing his second consecutive win with a last-lap overtake on Alvaro Bautista.

Reflecting on his double victory, Lowes exclaimed, ‘What an incredible day! The second race was pure chaos right from the beginning. There was a slight delay, and then, in the early stages, Toprak’s bike suffered a blow-up.’

“I was nearly off track, I did well to stay on. Then, Jonathan had a big crash, so I hope he’s okay. I was dropping back a little bit, but just before the red flag, I had a couple of good sectors to get back on my brother. 

“I had some good speed, and the temperature was down a little bit. My focus in the restart was to make a good start, put myself in the first three or four positions.

“I knew Toprak wasn’t there, and when he is, you have to ride a little bit more defensively because he’s always going to have a pass.

“Once I got settled into the race, I was struggling to stay with Bautista a little bit and Michael.”

“Similar to his performance in the Superpole Race, Lowes continued to gain momentum as the race progressed, applying pressure on Bautista in the final laps.

As the race unfolded, Lowes found himself challenged by Andrea Locatelli, who seemed to have superior speed compared to the top two riders.

However, Locatelli’s hopes were dashed after a mistake led to a highside incident, removing him from contention. Seizing the opportunity, Lowes executed a bold maneuver at turn nine, swiftly passing Bautista.

Recalling the intense closing moments, Lowes remarked, ‘Locatelli made a move on me at Turn 4. He was closing in on Bautista, but then he went wide. I managed to hold my line, staying close…'”

“Alvaro because, in my head, I was thinking he was struggling to enter the corner because the grip was going. I knew I could be really fast through Turn 8 and into Turn 9.

“This was my chance to pass him and try to stop the bike into Turn 10 and 11. I had a little plan, and it went quite well. 

“In the end, I had a lot more grip than Alvaro which allowed me to make this pass.”

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