Lowes breaks collarbone at Sepang

Pata Yamaha rider Alex Lowes fractured his left collarbone in the second World Superbike race at Sepang on Sunday.

In Saturday’s Race One in dry conditions, Lowes finished fifth having qualified second on the grid but in wet conditions in Race Two on Sunday, while in eighth place, he lost control on Turn 12 of lap 12 and crashed.

The Pata Yamaha team only had one rider in Malaysia as Lowes team-mate Sylvain Guintoli was forced out of racing at Sepang through medical advice after injuring his ankle last time out at Imola during qualifying.

The next event is at Donington Park on May 27-29, which is Lowes home track, and should the Englishman require surgery to his collarbone then he could very well be in doubt to compete in the UK.

In an interview, Lowes said that he pushed the bike a bit hard on the limited grip in wet conditions and paid the price.

“I actually managed to make some good passes and was looking at another top five finish but then ultimately I tried a bit hard for the grip I had and paid the price for it,” said Lowes.

“It was quite a heavy crash and I’m in quite a bit of pain but I just need to get myself fixed up and hopefully be back as soon as possible.”