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Alex Lowes Content With Podium Success In Thailand

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Soaring temperatures and a big crowd saw Voltcom Crescent Suzuki‰Ûªs Alex Lowes ride to a stunning podium finish as Thailand hosted its debut World Superbike races at the Chang International Circuit this afternoon.

Having demonstrated blistering consistent pace all weekend, a bad start to Lowes‰Ûª opening race initially saw him demoted him to fifth position before quickly advancing hard on the wheels of Tom Sykes‰Ûª Kawasaki. Proving somewhat of a roadblock for the next four laps, Lowes took his chance at turn three, regaining his grid position in the hunt for the podium.

A mistake on the 12th lap saw the British racer low-side his Suzuki at turn 12 but his determination saw him remount quickly, allowing him to cut back through the pack to finish sixth on the road. A protest from a rival team saw Lowes‰Ûª demoted to seventh for allegedly passing under a yellow flag.

Determined to get a great start in race two with his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R, Lowes took second on the opening lap of the final race, holding the position for the first half against the Aprilia of Leon Haslam.

Succumbing on lap eight, he continued his stellar 1‰Ûª34 pace, to maintain a strong gap throughout the remainder of the action, claiming the third place finish and rounding out the day with a podium celebration.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy to be back on the podium - it‰Ûªs a third place but for us it means a lot after Phillip Island!" Lowes stated. "It really should have been two podiums today, I just made a small mistake because I was determined to catch Leon and get second.

"As a team we‰Ûªve all worked so hard but the result is that we are back on the podium and back in the front group, and if we can keep a bit more consistency like this for the rest of the year then it will be a great season for us.

‰ÛÏI don‰Ûªt really know about the yellow flag penalty, it‰Ûªs a bit of a shame - Salom went off on the Astroturf at turn four so he shut off and Troy and I obviously passed him and when we arrived at the next corner there was a yellow flag! To be honest I didn‰Ûªt think much about it. It‰Ûªs disappointing as two top-sixes would have been good but it is what it is.

‰ÛÏSo, one mistake away from it being a really great weekend but I‰Ûªm really happy with race two, I was quite aggressive at the start but I rode a steady race and it‰Ûªs a great way to thank the team for their hard work. Now I can concentrate on keeping it going for the next round in Aragon!‰Û

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