WorldSBK: Alex Lowes returns to winning ways for the first time in four years

Published on February 25, 2024
By Luke Newman

Alex Lowes found his way back to the top step of the podium in the Superpole Race, as he claimed his first race win since Phillip Island in 2020.

After Nicolo Bulega stamped his mark on the World Superbike paddock by winning his first ever race on a Superbike many expected the same again. However, World Superbike veteran and former British Superbike Champion, Alex Lowes, had other ideas.

The British rider was unstoppable once he hit the front and never looked back, with a decent record at Phillip Island the now lead Kawasaki rider has started the 2024 season with a fourth place and a race win.

Andrea Locatelli claimed back to to back second places a the Italian secured another podium in the Sprint Race on Sunday morning. The Yamaha rider fought his way through the field from down in 10th place all the way up to second to claim his second podium of the year.

When Toprak Razgatlioglu made the move from Yamaha to BMW many wondered when he would get his first podium with the German manufacturer. The Turkish rider has already answered that question as it only took him two races to find his way back to the podium as he finished in third place.

Alvaro Bautista made progress in the second race of the weekend as the two-time WorldSBK Champion found his way back towards the podium as he finished in fourth place. Just behind Bautista was his hotshot rookie team-mate, Bulega. The young Italian finished fifth place in his second ever WorldSBK race.

The GYTR GRT Yamaha duo finished behind the Racing – Ducati duo in sixth and seventh. Home hero Remy Gardner fought for a podium early on in the race but ultimately had to settle for a sixth place finish. Dominique Aegerter may have had a difficult pre-season, but his opening round has shown promise as the Swiss rider finished in seventh place.

Sam Lowes claimed his first WorldSBK top ten in only his second race of the season as the Marc VDS Ducati rider finished his first Superpole race in eighth place. Former factory Ducati rider, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, finished the second race of the season in ninth place overall, securing the final point of the race.

British riders Jonathan Rea, Scott Redding, Bradley Ray and Tarran Mackenzie found themselves outside of the points on Sunday morning. Rea finished in tenth place, a better showing than his 17th place in the opening race of the season. However, Scott Redding did find himself down in 17th as the lowest BMW rider in the race. Bradley Ray finished in 21st place after a crash early on in the race and Tarran Mackenzie did not finish.

2024 WorldSBK Phillip Island: Superpole Race Results

2024 Australian WorldSBK | Phillip Island | Superpole Race Results | Rd. 1 of 12
1Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR10 Laps
2Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+1.157
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR+1.738
4Alvaro BautistaESPAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+1.812
5Nicolo BulegaITAAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+2.838
6Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R1+2.853
7Dominique AegerterSUIGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R1+3.051
8Sam LowesGBRMarc VDS DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+3.341
9Michael Ruben RinaldiITAMotocorsa DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+5.140
10Jonathan ReaGBRPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+5.525
11Axel BassaniITAKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR+6.084
12Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+6.958
13Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR+7.017
14Andrea IannoneITAGoEleven DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+7.814
15Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R+8.580
16Michael van der MarkNEDROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR+9.158
17Scott ReddingGBRBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR+11.070
18Philipp OettlGERGMT 94 YamahaYamaha R1+13.228
19Tito RabatESPPuccetti KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR+16.543
20Adam NorrodinMALMIE Petronas HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+28.706
21Bradley RayGBRYamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK TeamYamaha R1+49.720
DNFTarran MackenzieGBRMIE Petronas HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNSIker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R

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