Alex Lowes swept to a brace of wins in the Evo class at Croft but despite producing a pair of fantastic rides on his WFR Honda the Lincoln rider insisted he was frustrated he could not finish higher than fifth and 11th overall at the North Yorkshire venue.
The incident-packed race one, which was run in wet-dry conditions, saw an intermediate tyre-shod Lowes run as high as third overall. But a couple of risky moments in the closing stages of the race forced him to consolidate as Jon Kirkham took his maiden British Superbike victory, ahead of Stuart Easton, Jon Hopkins and Josh Brookes.
“I had two or three really big moments towards the end of the race,” explained the 20-year-old. ”I just thought to myself ‘don’t bin it and make sure you finish the race’.I slowed down in the last two laps to make sure I brought it home.”
Lowes was inside the top 10 in race two before slipping to 11th. Championship leader Shane Byrne secured victory, with Easton and Hopkins completing the podium.
“It was awesome. It was nice to win the Evo class again and be quite a long way in front of second place,” said Lowes. ”I just wish I could stick in there a bit longer with the big boys. It was a little bit frustrating.I stuck in there until about lap 15 or 16 and was still doing one minute 21s. I need to sort my last five laps out. I’m not sure if it’s the tyres or the way I handle the tyres. If we can do that, we can push for the top six on a regular basis. But it’s mega. I’m really enjoying riding the bike and just can’t wait to get back out there at Thruxton to see if we can make that step forward.”
After some blistering displays during the opening three rounds, Lowes believes a podium finish in the main championship is on the cards before the end of the season.
“I’d like to think so,” he added. “I’m pushing hard and trying my best every time I sit on the bike. ”At some point in the year I think I’ll be able to get on the podium in the main championship. That’s the aim. Whether it will happen or not, I don’t know.”
Lowes will head to round four at Thruxton at the end of May with a huge 60-point lead in the Evo class standings. Glen Richards was second in class in both races at Croft.