Lowes to fight pain at home round

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Alex Lowes will fight the pain to ride in front of his home crowd as the World Superbike championship rolls into Donington Park this weekend.

The likeable young Brit broke his collarbone in a crash during the second race last time out at Sepang, but following two weeks’ intensive rehabilitation he will attempt to ride his PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 as practice gets underway at the Leicestershire circuit on Friday morning.

The crash came after Lowes had just scored both his and the bike’s best result of the season with fifth place in the first race, so he’s determined to return to form and continue pushing forward to the R1 after a difficult start to the year.

“It would be unfair if I didn’t give it a go” Lowes commented. “Donington is always one of my favourite races of the year and I have such a good relationship with the fans.”

“It means so much to me to try and ride, as a team we have had a slightly difficult start to the new project but we are all giving everything, the last few races have been progressing nicely so I am determined to keep improving for Pata Yamaha, and the whole Crescent team. I want to send a massive thank you as always to all our sponsors and ask them to please get behind us in what will be a difficult home race! I am determined to give it my all and look forward to seeing you all there!”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing