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Debut Podium For Lowes At Assen

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Voltcom Crescent Suzuki‰Ûªs Alex Lowes proved his championship-winning pedigree today by securing his first eni FIM Superbike World Championship podium with second place in the afternoon‰Ûªs rain hit race two at the Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands.

Lowes, starting from ninth on the grid, battled hard on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R to challenge the front runners, claiming second place on his fourth lap, and setting the first of his three fastest laps of the race.

The British rider seemed unperturbed by the afternoon‰Ûªs two restarts due to the forecasted heavy rain as he continued to hunt-down eventual winner, Honda‰Ûªs Jonathan Rea.

Closing the gap to the front, the Englishman set two further stunning laps, securing the Pirelli Fastest lap award with a 1‰Ûª52.975 on his penultimate revolution, to claim his debut podium on only his third weekend on the world stage.

Lowes had previously mastered his best result of the championship so far with a ninth-placed finish in race one: battling with a number of riders, the rookie set his personal fastest time on the 12th lap before the race was prematurely ended on a red flag at lap 17, seeing Aprilia‰Ûªs Sylvain Guintoli victorious.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs fantastic; it was a great race for me and it‰Ûªs really good for the team for me to finally get on the podium!" Lowes exclaimed. "It was a wet race, so it‰Ûªs never as nice as getting on the podium in the dry but I‰Ûªm very happy and hopefully this can kick-start our season after the injuries.

"It‰Ûªs been a really difficult start to the year for me and now I‰Ûªve got some good points on the board and a podium, I‰Ûªm looking forward to hopefully improving both myself and the bike; and seeing if we can be a bit closer to the front in the dry!‰Û

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