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Qatar WSBK: ‘Weekend sums up my year’ - Lowes

Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes believes his Qatar World Superbike weekend is a reflection of how the whole season has gone but has vowed to up his game in 2017.

The Derby-based rider fought his way from dead-last to tenth in yesterday final race after getting tangled up with Lorenzo Savadori at turn one on the first lap but showed the best pace he had all weekend.

"A disappointing weekend for me in terms of results, but honestly it pretty much sums up my year. I had a problem with the starts which meant that I got away slow, normally on this bike it has been a strong point for me this year, so that in itself was disappointing,” said Lowes.


“Because I didn't get a good start, I was in turn one with van der Mark on the inside and Savadori on the outside and I literally had nowhere to go, we all came together and I ran off track. It's a racing incident, one of those things, and obviously I got lucky with the race being red flagged.

"In the restart, to come from the back of the grid to 10th place in 10 laps was quite good, it's the best pace I've had all weekend, very similar to Sylvain and after yesterday that's really positive because obviously he outperformed me then, so to close that gap right up today is good.

“It's been a disappointing year as a whole but the team have worked really hard, it's really nice for them to get their first podium and although my results weren't great I think I rode well this weekend - I've not made any mistakes and I've brought the bike home as best as I could. It is what it is, I feel fit and healthy, the best I've felt all year so I'm looking forward to winter testing and upping my game next year.”

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