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2016 WorldSBK Germany - Lausitzring

Race 1

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team endured a rollercoaster Saturday at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz as the morning's heavy rain attempted to interrupt what looked to be a promising weekend. Alex Lowes, determined as ever, battled back on his YZF-R1 as the race began to take eighth at the flag, with teammate Sylvain Guintoli just behind, securing ninth on his comeback.

Lowes went in to the German round's opening race having set just a single lap in the final free practice, becoming one of many to fall foul of the morning's tricky conditions and suffer an early crash. The Briton was hampered further as delays to the final preparation of his YZF-R1 eventually prevented his participation in Superpole. Lining up 12th on the grid due to his solid Friday performance, he faced a battle with the majority of the pack through the opening lap's initial tight corners before beginning to find his pace as the race unfolded. Released into clear air at the mid-way stage, Lowes attempted to bridge the gap to the front group as he picked up momentum but the difference was too steep to fully recoup. Crossing the line in eighth, the number 22 rider brings his championship total to 102 points ahead of tomorrow's second encounter.

Showing promising pace in the wet conditions of the morning practice, Guintoli finished the 15 minute session in fourth, before entering the Superpole qualifying to experience further unknown conditions. A short session on the drying track brought a quandary for the French rider as he chose to remain on track and maintain his rhythm on the race rubber expecting the conditions to remain stable. However, the surface improved faster than expected allowing his competitors to set times on the qualifying Pirelli's while he circulated. Starting his returning WorldSBK race in ninth place Guintoli concluded his comeback 21-lap contest by maintaining position, his resulting seven points promoting him to 13th in the championship standings.

Sunday sees the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team on track at 09:25 local time as Lowes and Guintoli warm up for their final race at the Lausitzring, scheduled for 13:00.


Race 2

Heavy rain hit the EuroSpeedway Lausitz just as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship grid formed for this afternoon's battle. Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Sylvain Guintoli rode a stellar race to close a top-five finish while Alex Lowes unfortunately succumbed to the conditions on lap 10.

Cold temperatures and low grip amounted to a difficult start as the reduced 16-lap race got underway at the Lausitzring. Mirroring his impressive pace from yesterday's morning practice in the wet, Guintoli soon looked comfortable on his YZF-R1 despite the surroundings. Steadily picking his way around the soaking circuit, the Frenchman's times began to improve as he reeled in the front group, holding the fastest lap of the race so far on lap 10 as he battled van der Mark for sixth position. Securing the move he immediately set on the hunt for Davies with podium matching pace, taking fifth with three laps to go and instantly breaking the hold. Guintoli crossed the line with over a two second gap, collecting 11 points and bolstering his championship tally to 76.  

Suffering a bad start under the demanding circumstances, Lowes was lucky to stay upright as he left the lights but quickly recovered to jump six positions within the opening lap. Running strongly inside the top ten by middle distance, the unfortunate Briton was again caught out by the conditions, falling at turn six on his 10th revolution and forcing his retirement from Round 10's final race.

In the morning's FIM Supersport World Championship race, Yamaha and Kallio Motorsport rider Niki Tuuli put on an impressive performance to place his YZF-R6 on the podium in second, just 1.7 seconds behind the reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu, having battled with the leader for the majority of the 19-lap race.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now looks to prepare for Guintoli's home event as the WorldSBK Championship moves to Magny-Cours in France on Friday 30th September.

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