Lowes will be looking to build on his first podium for the team and is feeling confident after the successful test where he got to evaluate a number of updates to his R1. The 26-year-old British rider was still recovering from a shoulder operation at Misano last year but managed to qualify in fourth and finish 13th and eighth respectively in the races. Lowes has not only been working hard with the team on the bike since Donington, but also has been looking at where he can improve personally, and heads to Misano focused and ready to race.
Van der Mark also showed great pace at Donington, only missing out on the podium in race two by 0.7s. The 24-year-old Dutch rider tried out a number of new updates in the test at Misano between rounds and feels that he is ready to take the next step to allow him to consistently fight for the podium. Van der Mark has tasted victory at Misano before in the Superstock 600 race in 2012 and is eager to put the information gained at the recent test to good use when he takes to the track on Friday morning.
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a fast, flowing, and technical track located next to the picturesque town of Misano Adriatico in the province of Rimini, North East Italy. It held its first event in 1972 and the iconic track is 4.226km in length, consisting of ten right and six left-hand corners, and has a start-finish straight of 510m. The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team will hit the track at 9:45am Friday morning for Free Practice, with qualifying and race one on Saturday, and race two on Sunday.