The PATA Crescent Yamaha team will only have Alex Lowes racing for them at the World Superbike Championship race in Malaysia this weekend.
This is due to Sylvain Guintoli being forced out of racing at Sepang through medical advice after injuring his ankle a fortnight ago at Imola during qualifying.
The reason why a replacement rider could not be found was due to the short time span between the events and the Yamaha team being unable to find a suitable candidate at such short notice.
Lowes heads to Malaysia in a positive frame of mind having picked up a sixth place, in Imola’s second race last time out. In the current rider standings, he sits in tenth place with 59 points after five rounds.
In an interview with the Yamaha Racing website, Lowes said he was keen to improve his results this weekend at Sepang which he feels is a fun track to ride.
“I’m really keen to get out to Sepang and try to improve the results both for Yamaha, me and the team,” said Lowes. “I’m hoping some of the things we have learnt over the last race at Imola will transform over and we can take a step closer to the front guys.
“It’s a very wide track that actually needs a lot of precision to make sure you are not adding another 200m to your lap due to the size and there are many very hard braking zones from high speeds so the bike must be working well under braking.
“The track is quite flat but some corners can be quite bumpy too but hopefully the resurfacing should have helped with that this year. It’s probably the hottest race of the year but overall Sepang is a fun track to ride.”
The 25-year-old added that he was disappointed that teammate Guintoli was not able to race but was hoping to see him at Donington Park for the seventh next round of the championship.
“It’s a great shame that Sylvain’s injury means that he cannot ride here, he has a lot of experience and speed at this track, but I wish him the best and look forward to being back to full team strength at Donington Park.”