Alex Lowes admits he “can’t wait” for the World Superbike season to start in Phillip Island after a strong showing in pre-season testing at Jerez this week. The Briton was sixth quickest overall, eight tenths shy of Ducati’s Davide Giugliano, but admitted he was still riding within his limits and believes he has a strong package to compete with in the opening round next month.
“I’m really happy with the testing over the past four days. The team is working really well and we did a good job overall with our consistency and speed. I’m working hard to improve my approach to testing and the technical development, and I think we put in a very solid, consistent performance here at Jerez. I rode a lot of laps and most importantly I enjoyed every one! I took a decent step on the qualifying tyre but it was still within the target of “no mistakes” and no risks. Huge thanks to all the boys for their efforts and I really can’t wait for Phillip Island and race one.”
Lowes’ new teammate at Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, Randy de Puniet, was ninth fastest as he continues preparations for his SBK debut. After suffering a high side on Tuesday, the Frenchman admitted he was still getting to grips with his GSX-R1000.
“Portugal was not so good due to the weather conditions and I only managed 35 dry laps on the last day, it was enough to learn the track but not to be fast, but I think for the race it will be ok – it’s a nice track but not easy! Jerez was much better with two good days, until this afternoon! I had a high-side at turn one, with a strange feeling in the rear tyre after leaving the pits, so we lost time and a little confidence but we just tried to continue to work on the bike to regain the feeling. Overall the test was quite good, I just need to continue to work to adapt my riding style to the GSX-R but I think we have a good pace and with a little more improvement in Australia we will be ready to fight for a good position.”