Alex Lowes is equally as impatient to get on track and continue fine-tuning his YZF-R1 as the Imola weekend begins, having again put on a determined performance at the Dutch WorldSBK event last-time-out. The 25-year-old Brit is convinced his Pata Yamaha machine, and team, has the tools to allow him to run with the front group and that the progress made at each race takes them a step closer to the overall goal.
"Imola is a track I really enjoy, even though it's a very difficult track to get right - maybe the most technical in the season," Lowes suggested. "I'm really hoping to make a step forward there - we were hoping to do that at Assen, but we had a difficult weekend with the weather. I want to be able to run with the front group so I'm looking forward to getting to Italy and working hard with my crew to achieve our goal of making that step towards being consistently close to the top-five group."
Imola's infamous Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari has been home to spectacular racing in front of adoring crowds for more than 60 years, with the first motorcycle race taking place in 1953. The 4,936m circuit sits to the south of the city, encompassing the 11 hectares Parco delle Acque Minerali at its heart. With 22 corners - 13 left and 9 rights - the anticlockwise layout forms a breath-taking lap as it undulates through city and nature, its high-speed character allowing the WorldSBK machines to reach close to 290kmp/h and giving the circuit its nickname as the Cathedral of Speed.
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