Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes ended the Phillip Island World Superbike test pleased with his pace but says he still has more to learn about the new R1 and will make some more adjustments to his riding style during race weekend in Australia.
The Derby-based herbert has been trying a modifed seat and tank unit but will race with the winter test items as he couldn’t get comfortable enough. It may be better when his injured arm, which is at 90 per cent, is fully healed and up to strength.
"We had a full new seat and tank that I stuck with until last session today but it just didn't make me feel comfortable. It's a lot better for position in the straight but I couldn't get comfortable so I went back to testing set up. I’m still learning how to get most out of the bike it's a big difference compared to the Suzuki around here so there’s lots to improve on,” said Lowes, speaking at the track.
“I would say my shoulder is 90 percent which is good and nice to see after a tough winter getting it right. Race pace seems good, the bike good on tyres and very good in the heat here. I need to ride the bike in a better way and we need a bit more feeling so we have some stuff to try on Friday. But all things considered, it’s looking like a solid race weekend.”