Alex Lowes has heralded his ride from dead last to the podium in today’s opening Superbike World Championship race at Donington Park as one of the best of his career.
The 26-year-old was punted wide at Redgate by good friend Leon Haslam on the opening lap, leaving him outside the top twenty as the race got underway but he got his head down to pick his way through the pack as the race went on.
Consistently lapping in the 1’28 bracket, Lowes moved steadily into the top ten where he was then able to benefit from the misfortune of Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea to sit fourth on the final lap, when he’d get the better of Marco Melandri after a mistake from the Italian in the last few turns.
“Obviously, we got a bit lucky on the last lap but even before then my pace was really strong,” he said. “Apart from the incident at the start, I felt really good. We know there’s a gap to Kawasaki and Ducati but what I’ve done all year is do the best race I can and that’s what I did today after the incident at turn one, but that was just one of those things.
“I tried to chip away and pass people where I could, which I think is quite good as in the past I think I’d have got annoyed and made mistakes. If you keep going and dig in, sometimes you get a bit of fortune, it’s not how I want to get a podium but I’ll take it!
“I’ve always been quite fast, but this year I can be consistent as well. I’m getting a bit older now! I’d say that was one of the best races I’ve ridden in my life, so I’m happy with that.”
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