Alex Lowes has been forced to sit out the remaining two days of the Jerez WSBK test following his crash yesterday afternoon. The Yamaha rider had a heavy crash at turn three that left him with a dislocated left shoulder.
Having completed 77 laps of the Spanish track Lowes had been looking comfortable on the Yamaha R1 as he continues to learn the new bike.
"I'm disappointed not to be able to continue testing, as we have been doing a great job in understanding the YZF-R1 and developing my own riding style to suit it over the past few weeks," said Lowes. "We were unlucky with the weather at Aragon so I was looking forward to a full three days of good conditions at Jerez to really get down to business. It wasn't to be, and my priority needs to be my fitness and rehabilitation after the crash yesterday, but we have been making some good progress so I'm pleased with the development so far.
"I felt really good on the bike yesterday and was able to be fast and consistent, I just made a small mistake - and perhaps got caught out by the drop in temperature at the end of the day - and it resulted in a pretty big crash! The guys have done a great job this month and I know they will continue their hard work without me, now I just need to focus on getting back to 100% so we can be in the best possible position for the January tests and ready for Phillip Island."