Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes heads away from the flyaway rounds content with his performances, after the Briton bagged yet another fourth place finish in race two today.
Lowes began the season in Australia with two fourths, backing that up with a decent fifth in yesterday’s first 20-lap race.
The Yamaha rider started on the front row for Sunday’s outing in Thailand, but a scruffy opening couple of laps following the red flag period hindered his progress and saw him lose a position to Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty.
Lowes struck back with a brave move on the inside of Turn 8, but the time lost battling had already seen a gap to the leaders form and their pace proved too great to chase down.
“Overall it was a good weekend for me,” said Lowes. The team did a great job with the bike.
“I didn’t have the best first two or three laps, so I lost connection with the front group when Eugene Laverty passed me but I managed to get back past him again, but the front group were just too fast.
“Perhaps if I would have been there at the start, I could have challenged a bit more.”
With the gaggle of riders behind him engaged in a heated exchange for fifth, Lowes was free to cruise to the chequered flag in fourth and maintain fourth in the standings on 49 points, making this his best start to a World Superbike season he has ever made.
The results from the opening four races have the British rider confident of another strong showing in Aragon in three weeks’ time, though admits that there are still areas where both he and the team can improve.
“The two flyaway races have gone well for me overall, and it has been a solid start of the season. I feel confident for Aragon.
“There is still a lot I can improve in myself and there are things the team can improve on the bike. So we can go away for a couple of days rest and then start working toward the next race.”
Team-mate Michael van der Mark, who finished ahead of Lowes on Saturday, was unfortunately forced to watch race two unfold from his garage after his YZF-R1 developed an oil leak.