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The second FIM Superbike World Championship race of the opening round at Phillip Island saw #alexlowes once again fourth at the flag, but this time even closer to the winner - only 0.9 of a second - after 22 intense laps. #michaelvandermark found real improvements with his #yzfr1 race set-up to ride to a strong seventh, two places higher than his Saturday performance and much closer to the podium finishers.
The 4.445km long Phillip Island circuit always delivers close and combative #worldsbk action and the second race of the weekend was every bit as closely fought as the first on Saturday. The new championship Race 2 grid regulations meant that Lowes's fourth place in race one made him the pole position man in race two, and he duly led the race after the opening lap.
Lowes' race one performance had been a boost for his confidence as he starts his second season as an official #yamaha rider, but today he maintained a podium position approaching the final lap, challenged for the win and just came up short on the final few corners.
Lowes was less than a second behind the race winner today and leaves the Australian circuit with 26 championship points, tied for equal third in the official standings - and satisfied with his progression as a World Superbike contender and with the clear improvements in his Pata #yamaha #yzfr1.
New Pata #yamaha Official World Superbike rider #michaelvandermark was solid in his first races for the team, with ninth and seventh place finishes putting him equal seventh overall in the standings.
Van der Mark's crew had made a late set-up change for the second race machine and it paid off well, as Michael finished only 7.307 seconds from the winner and felt that he had taken a good step forward in today's frantic encounter.
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