Lowes, Van der Mark raring to go at Imola

Pata Yamaha riders Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark are looking forward to this weekend’s World Superbike racing at Imola.

The Pata Yamaha team are hoping to keep improving their Yamaha YZR-R1 machines as the season progresses and end up on the podium.

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The Imola circuit is also Pata's home race which adds to the excitement going into the weekend for them. 

In the current WSBK rider standings, Lowes and van der Mark are fifth and sixth with 76 and 62 points respectively. At the top of the pile is Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea with 195 points after four events.

In an interview carried by the official WSBK site, Lowes said he liked racing at Imola as it was similar to what he grew up racing on.

"Imola is a great track with lots of character and is similar to the type of tracks I grew up on in British Superbikes," said Lowes

"We finished Assen with a positive result and I got a lot of confidence from race two so I'm excited to get to Imola with the goal of a solid weekend, looking for the best results possible. 

"It's also the home race for Pata so we will have a lot of support, which I am really looking forward to."

His teammate, van der Mark said he was keen to see how the bike handled at Imola and was expecting a good weekend.

"I am looking forward to Imola," added van der Mark. "It was a hectic weekend at Assen, but in the end, the result was really good. I hope we can continue our form and fight for the top five again. 

"Imola is a completely different track compared to the tracks we have been to so far, so I'm curious to see how the R1 will work here with the base setup we have. I'm confident we can have a good weekend."

ROUND 05 Motul Italian Round 12 – 14 MAY 2017 Friday 16:00 16:30 STK 1000 – FP1 16:45 17:45 WorldSBK – FP1 18:00 19:00 WorldSSP – FP1 19:15 19:45 WorldSSP300 – FP1 20:45 21:15 STK 1000 – FP2 21:30 22:30 WorldSBK – FP2 22:45 23:45 WorldSSP – FP2 00:00 00:30 WorldSSP300 – FP2 Saturday 15:45 16:10 WorldSBK – FP3 16:20 16:35 WorldSSP – FP3 16:45 17:15 STK 1000 – FP3 17:30 17:45 WorldSBK – SP1 17:55 18:10 WorldSBK – SP2 18:30 18:45 WorldSSP300 – SP1 18:55 19:10 WorldSSP300 – SP2 20:00 WorldSBK – Race 1 21:00 21:15 WorldSSP – SP1 21:25 21:40 WorldSSP – SP2 22:00 22:30 STK 1000 – QP1 Sunday 16:00 16:15 WorldSSP – WUP 16:30 16:45 WorldSBK – WUP 17:00 17:15 STK 1000 – WUP 18:30 WorldSSP – Race 20:00 WorldSBK – Race 2 21:20 WorldSSP300 – Race 22:15 STK 1000 – Race POLE POSITION: Left LENGTH: 4.936 Km CORNERS: 22 RIGHT CORNERS: 9 LEFT CORNERS: 13 START/FINISH STRAIGHT: 358 M Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari Via Fratelli Rosselli, 2 4002 Imola (BO) – Italy Tel: +39 0542 655111| Fax: +39 0542 30420 E-mail: info@autodromoimola.it Website: www.autodromoimola.it Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (FMI) Viale Tiziano, 70 – 00196 Roma – Italy Tel: +39 06 324881 E-mail: internazionale@federmoto.it Webiste: www.federmoto.it

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