Lowes prevailed versus Rea in a final-lap face-off throughout Sunday’s last race of the weekend break at the Australian track, scoring his very first success because the 2018 Brno round and also just the secondly of his WSBK profession.
It additionally pushed the 29- year-old to the top of the standings on 51 factors, 11 free from Ducati biker Scott Redding and also 16 in advance of Yamaha guy Toprak Razgatlioglu.
Having slid in the direction of the rear of the lead team between component of the race previously placing a late healing and also ultimately getting the lead from Rea at the beginning of the penultimate lap, Lowes confessed the high track temperature levels and also the sluggish speed were vital to his win.
“All the test and Friday, we had a lot of different conditions,” statedLowes “Nobody was truly certain regarding tyre life with 50 levels of track temperature level.
“It assisted me [the pace being slow] due to the fact that I was a little additional back in the center of the race and also simply conserving a something in my pocket.
“But I recognize when I obtain to Qatar and also Europe, the races will certainly be a bit various. So I require to be a little bit tranquil and also see just how we hop on there.”
Asked just how it really felt to beat colleague Rea on his very first weekend break as a Kawasaki biker, Lowes responded: “No various truly. It’s only my 2nd World Superbike win and also Jonathan’s won 5 globe champions. So there’s lots for me to find out.
“When we come back to some more normal tracks I need to be calm and understand my pace. But the team is fantastic, they’ve helped me a lot, they’ve given me a lot of confidence and I’m really enjoying riding the bike.”
Race victor Alex Lowes, Kawasaki Racing Team
Photo by: Gold and also Goose/ Motorsport Images
Rea, fresh from winning Sunday early morning’s Superpole race, had actually regulated a lot of the ending ahead of a huge leading pack prior to attempting to escape in the closing laps.
But the safeguarding champ clarified that after doing so he really felt a significant drop-off with his tire that left him vulnerable to protect from Lowes in the closing phases, although he was able to re-pass the Yamaha of Michael van der Mark for 2nd.
” I was simply establishing the rhythm and also everybody was conventional however I assume with 4-5 [laps] to go, I went down the hammer,” remembered Rea.
“But as quickly as this lap was full, I really felt a substantial decrease in the tire and after that it was type of tire monitoring when Alex came via with 2 laps to enter Turn 1, I was so vast and also allow van der Mark come with.
” I simply obtained captured off-guard with the pass as well as additionally the wind entering into [Turn] 1 and also it took me simply a couple of edges to make it through on van der Mark due to the fact that Alex was truly transporting after that. So the last lap I did all I might to toss the cooking area sink at it to close that void.
“Around that last edge, I was obtaining an excellent run however he simply type of quit me between, I practically touched his exhaust. So I was searching for a run to the line however it really did not come.
“Congratulations to him [Lowes], he did a remarkable task this weekend break. To lead the champion coming below, a brand-new group, it’s truly great.”
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