Kawasaki Racing’s Alex Lowes Indonesian WorldSBK adventure came to an abrupt end on Saturday morning with an FP3 crash.
Second fastest on Friday’s opening free practice at Lombok’s new Mandalika layout, Lowes had high hopes for his Indonesian weekend. It ended, however - and with it his horribly injury affected season - before he got to race at the newest track on the calendar.
“I am obviously a bit sad and disappointed with what happened this morning,” said Lowes after his FP3 crash. “Yesterday we felt good and my pace was quite good, especially on used tyres. We made a change with the bike for today and I felt pretty positive straight away. Then I had a crash on the entry to Turn 16, when I lost the rear.”
It was a strange fall, but the consequence out-weighed how it looked on TV, as it separated his right shoulder AC joint, which now may require surgery to fix.
“I just fell quite awkwardly on my shoulder, and where there is damage on the AC joint it took a big impact, so I just sprained it again.”
Lowes had been carrying an AC injury all season, after a fast crash in testing. He was given no option to ride on Saturday, as the track doctors put him on the unfit list.
“There is a little bit of pain there and I can’t ride properly to help Johnny and challenge for the good finishing positions. After all the injuries we’ve had all year the sensible thing to do is try and get healthy and have full focus on winter testing and next season,” he concluded.
Lowes has had a small-scale scan already and will have a more extensive one back in the UK.
With rain stopping play for the remainder of the grid, Saturday’s race once action was postponed to 11am local time on Sunday, in lieu of the Superpole race.