Last week’s Jerez test saw a big change for Alex Lowes with double World Supersport Champion Andrew Pitt joining the PATA Yamaha team as his crew chief.
Lowes will be joined by Pitt, who won the World Supersport Championship in 2001 and 2008, as he looks to build upon a strong end to the 2017 season and clinch his first World Superbike win in 2018.
It was a strong test for Lowes, who went half a second quicker than the qualifying time that saw him start the opening race fourth at Jerez back in September.
“It’s been a really good change for me,” he explained. “You’re always a bit anxious when you make a change like that as the rider crew chief relationship is really important, probably the most important. It’s been fantastic, a lot of the things I’ve been struggling with I’ve been totally honest with Andrew and with his experience as a rider he’s been able to help me with a lot already.
“We put some new ideas in the pot that we didn’t have before and that’s transformed into some improvements on the bike so it’s been really good. This sort of relationship only gets better so I’m looking forward to the next tests as this couldn’t have gone any better.”
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