Yamaha’s Alex Lowes wants to secure third place in the 2019 WorldSBK points standings and says that only podium finishes at the next four rounds will be good enough to do the job.
Lowes, who looks set to leave the factory squad at the end of this season, finished the recent Portimao test at the top of the timesheets and is in good shape when the lights go out on Saturday at the Portugese venue.
“I’m ready now for the second part of the season, where the challenge is going to be to hold on to third place in the championship, and I need to be fighting for the podium in every race at these last four rounds if I’m to do that,” said Lowes.
We were really strong at the recent test in Portimão, where I did my fastest ever lap at this track to finish on top of the timesheet, which shows the bike is working well.
“The conditions were quite hot at the test and I didn’t quite have the feeling I wanted in the afternoons when the track temperature went up, but we have some ideas to improve in this area and, hopefully, we will have similar temperatures on Friday to work on this. I’m feeling really positive and I’m raring to go this weekend.”
Lowes will be replaced by Toprak Razgatlioglu in the works team but should land on the GRT Yamaha that Marco Melandri is vacating at Qatar.