By totalmotorcycle @VOLTCOM CRESCENT #SUZUKI SET FOR #SEPANG #WSB
Team Suzuki Press Office – July 29.
Fresh from competing with Yoshimura Suzuki for the Suzuka 8 Hours World Endurance race, Alex Lowes is heading to the Sepang International Circuit, in Malaysia, this week to meet Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team-mate Randy de Puniet in preparation for round 10 of the Superbike World Championship.
A top-six finish at Laguna despite a challenging weekend, followed by a stand-out performance and fifth place in his debut endurance race, leaves a confident Lowes ready to return to the World Championship. The British racer is hoping to reacquaint himself quickly with the Malaysian layout aboard his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R this weekend – last year’s opening action having concluded before it had really begun after the collision on turn two of his debut race – with a goal of running strongly in the front group for the final two races before the long summer break.
De Puniet is looking to continue the impressive pace, found with his Suzuki Superbike during Friday’s practice sessions at the Californian track, over to the Sepang circuit. Having raced in the tropics throughout the majority of his GP career – with fourth place finishes on both MotoGP™ and 250cc machinery, alongside Suzuki GP testing duties as recently as February of this year – the Frenchman is assured he can improve further on the recent positive developments to secure a consistent and strong showing in Sunday’s two 16-lap races.
Located approximately 60kms from Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia’s central-western coast, the 5,543m Sepang International Circuit was opened in March 1999, after a record 14 month completion. The Herman Tilke-designed layout features 15 corners and eight straights, with the two consecutive main straights joined by a first-gear hairpin and measuring almost one kilometre apiece. Overtaking is commonplace at …read more