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2016 WorldSBK Spain - Aragon

Race 1

Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes began their Spanish Saturday in sensational form as Superpole got underway at Motorland Aragon this morning. Qualifying in second and third respectively, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK riders lined up on the front row for the afternoon race.

A poor start by his standards saw Lowes find himself running sixth as the weekend's first battle began. Regrouping and fighting hard, the British rider was unluckily run wide by a competitor resulting in his demotion to 13th. Never one to back down, Lowes pushed hard to regain the lost ground, taking positions quickly as he fought his way back to eighth despite diminishing tyre-life, the eight valuable points boosting his championship position to 12th. Pata Yamaha will now utilise the 18 laps of race data to allow Lowes to continue his fight in tomorrow afternoon's contest.

An impressive start saw Guintoli capitalise on his front row qualifying, running second as the opening laps unfolded. Sticking to the wheel of the leader, the Frenchman fought hard to maintain position before impending tyre-wear issues took hold. Slowly losing places to the group around him Guintoli closed the race in ninth, adding seven points to his tally and retaining his fifth position in the standings.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team returns to Motorland Aragon tomorrow for the concluding WorldSBK race of the weekend at 13:00 local time.


Race 2

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team riders Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli took top ten results in the closing race of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship Pirelli Aragón Round today with the younger of the Yamaha riders finishing ninth, just ahead of his teammate.

A difficult start from his P3 grid position saw Lowes initially run seventh on the opening lap, before an incident on lap six caused him to run off track. Re-joining the race in 18th he quickly picked his way back through the pack, taking five places in as many laps to sit 12th with four to go. Continuing his impressive charge, the British rider entered the top ten with two laps remaining, beating his teammate to the line in the dying seconds to round the weekend off in ninth place and adding seven points to his championship total to retain his 12th position overall.

 

Opting for a conservative start from his front row position in a bid to maintain his tyre-life, Guintoli began Sunday's fight from fifth place. The strategy, however, proved to be short-lived and the Frenchman's pace suffered as a result. Circulating in seventh for the majority of the race, he succumbed in the closing stages, collecting tenth position and six points at the flag to leave the weekend sitting in sixth place in the standings.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now move back to northern Europe as the World Championship travels to Assen, in the Netherlands, for the next race on Saturday 16th April.

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