Lowes: Everything has been improving

Crescent Pata Yamaha rider Alex Lowes says he and team-mate Sylvain Guintoli are looking forward to this weekend’s round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen.

After a slow start to the season at Phillip Island, the duo have been improving race by race and last time out at Motorland Aragon in Spain, they shocked everyone in qualifying, finishing second and third quickest behind Tom Sykes on his Kawasaki.

However, they weren't able to maintain that raw speed on race day for long periods of time and finished off the pace somewhat.

Lowes finished eighth and Guintoli in ninth position in Race One. In Race Two, Lowes was ninth and his team-mate finished in 10th place.  

In an interview with the media before this weekend's race, Lowes feels that Assen is a circuit that will suit the Yamaha's cornering speed and hopes to be fighting at the front of the field for the duration of the race weekend.   

"Assen is a track that is so much fun to ride, I am optimistic that it will suit the Yamaha and we can start to get the results we deserve,” Lowes said. 

“Everything has been improving over the last few races, from my and the teams' understanding of the YZF-R1 to the bike and the whole team's development. 

"I really hope for a solid weekend and a good performance in the races where we can fight a lot closer to the front." 

In the WSBK standings after three events, Guintoli is sixth with 53 points and Lowes is 12th on 27, both well behind championship leader Jonathan Rea of the Kawasaki Racing Team on 131 points.