WorldSBK: Alex Lowes claims back to back wins at Phillip Island

Published on February 25, 2024
By Luke Newman

After not winning a World Superbike race in four years Alex Lowes has won two races in a row to start his 2024 World Superbike season.

Alex Lowes started the final race of the weekend from pole position after winning his first race in four years in the Superpole Race on Sunday morning. This position was the best case scenario for the British rider and propelled him on to win his second race of the season.

The Kawasaki rider won an interrupted race after his former team-mate, Jonathan Rea, suffered a heavy crash at Turn 11 and the race was Red Flagged. Despite the restart Lowes came out swinging once again and battled against Alvaro Bautista for victory.

The two-time World Superbike Champion, Bautista, claimed his first podium of the season in the final race of the opening weekend. The Spaniard had battled hard all weekend and put all his hard work together in the third race and claimed a second place finish.

Danilo Petrucci became the seventh podium place finisher in three races as the Italian had been almost invisible all weekend, but it all clicked in Race Two. The Barni Spark Ducati rider rounded out an amazing weekend for the team after Yari Montella claimed two race wins in World Supersport.

Andrea Iannone rounded out a brilliant rookie weekend in WorldSBK as he finished just off the podium in fourth place. The Italian was narrowly beaten by Petrucci, but has certainly arrived in WorldSBK.

Three other Ducati’s followed behind Iannone with Nicolo Bulega rounding out the top five as he finished his WorldSBK rookie weekend in fifth place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi finished just behind the rider who replaced him in the Racing – Ducati squad as he finished sixth. Sam Lowes could not reach the heights of his brother but still had a good showing in his rookie WorldSBK weekend as he finished seventh.

The two BMW riders of Garrett Gerloff and Michael van der Mark finished in eighth and ninth place. After the lead BMW rider retired due to a mechanical issue Gerloff finished as the top BMW.

Dominique Aegerter rounded out the top ten after an impressive weekend. Axel Bassani struggled all of pre-season with Kawasaki but finished in 11th. Remy Gardner appeared to have a puncture in Race Two before the restart and had to start from last. However, he made his way up to 12th in the restarted race.

Xavi Vierge, Philipp Oettl and British rider Bradley Ray rounded out the points at Australia.

Toprak Razgatlioglu had to retire after his BMW started bellowing smoke, Rea also did not finish following a heavy fall and Andrea Locatelli risked it all towards the end of the race and shot himself to space as he highsided out of the Miller Hairpin.

2024 Australian WorldSBK | Phillip Island | Race Two Results | Rd. 1 of 12
1Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR
2Alvaro BautistaESPAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+0.048
3Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R+1.178
4Andrea IannoneITAGoEleven DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+1.275
5Nicolo BulegaITAAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+2.346
6Michael Ruben RinaldiITAMotocorsa DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+2.913
7Sam LowesGBRMarc VDS DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+3.480
8Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR+4.119
9Michael van der MarkNEDROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR+5.159
10Dominique AegerterSUIGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R1+5.165
11Axel BassaniITAKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR+5.183
12Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R1+7.652
13Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+9.082
14Philipp OettlGERGMT 94 YamahaYamaha R1+10.729
15Bradley RayGBRYamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK TeamYamaha R1+11.806
16Tito RabatESPPuccetti KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR+17.416
17Scott ReddingGBRBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR+21.815
18Tarran MackenzieGBRMIE Petronas HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+25.481
19Adam NorrodinMALMIE Petronas HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+32.107
DNFAndrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1
DNFToprak RazgatliogluTURROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR
DNFJonathan ReaGBRPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1
DNSIker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R

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