WSBK – Alex Lowes tests Yamaha Tech3 team’s M1 – Differences between Superbike and MotoGP

Alex Lowes tests the Yamaha Tech3 team’s M1

WSBK - Alex Lowes tests Yamaha Tech3 team's M1 - Differences between Superbike and MotoGP

Winner of the Suzuka 8 hours for the Yamaha factory team with Pol Espagaro, Alex Lowes was rewarded by testing his teammate’s M1 Grand Prix in Brno. The official Yamaha rider in WSBK looks back on his short but intense experience…

Differences between Superbike and MotoGP

Used to racing on an already copiously improved R1, equipped with steel brakes (Vs carbon in GP) and Pirelli (Vs Michelin), he confirms that "brakes and tires are quite different from WorldSBK", but above all retains the health of the" Grand Prix "version of the 4-in-line CrossPlane…

"When I got to the straight on my first lap I felt the full power of the engine and it was amazing I couldn’t believe it was going at this speed", testifies the champion of the British Superbike 2013,"so yes i would say the biggest difference is power".

During his three runs, the Yamaha "test rider" was also blown away by the compactness and agility of the M1, "much better than anything I’ve known"… Including his R1, yet" rolled under the armpits "of Valentino Rossi himself?…

"I had never known such an experience before", insists Alex:"the way you go from angle to angle, it’s like you’re on a bike, it’s really simple", he illustrates without exaggerating since Site had experienced exactly the same feeling on the handlebars of the …

"There are so many things that seemed so much better to me but were also difficult to understand in such a short time, but it was excellent", concludes the Blue … a little too bloody during his last session !

"The fall occurred in my very last laps, almost at the end of the day", regrets Alex,"and it is obviously due to my will to attack a little too much without managing everything … I braked a little more and the rear rose, I widened where the track was a little dirty and I I lost before".

The lap before his "lowside", Mister Lowes – twin of Sam who runs very fast in Moto2 and is developing at this very moment in Misano! – had set as best time a time of 1’59.558, 4 seconds behind the best time in practice (achieved by).

"First ride with this bike, these brakes, these tires, without having driven on the track for nine years, for only 30 minutes, 1.5 sec. Not bad man", relativizes the head of the Yamaha Pata WSBK team, Paul Denning !

"Honestly, this experience was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. Even though I only did 15 laps, those were the 15 best laps I had ever done", considers the pilot, sheepish to have put down the M1 but eternally grateful to Yam…

"I will remember this day all my life, those first impressions of the M1", concludes Alex Lowes in the video published on the (in english only) … Next step: test the machine of Lorenzo or Rossi ?

Yamaha will eventually grant this wish if Alex fulfills his mission, which promises to be just as exciting but more difficult: to win the R1 in World Superbike! The is scheduled from September 16 to 18 at the Lausitzring (Germany). Stay connected !

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