WorldSBK | Lowes Lightning Strikes Twice: Kawasaki Rider Dominates Australian Round


In a thrilling showcase of skill and strategy, Alex Lowes, the formidable force from Kawasaki Racing Team, secured a breathtaking victory in the Australian round of the 2024 WorldSBK Superbike Championship.

Lowes left the competition in the dust as he clinched not one, but two sensational wins during the electrifying race weekend at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

The drama unfolded in Race 2, which was red-flagged due to intense on-track action. With nerves of steel and adrenaline pumping, Lowes seized his moment of glory on the final lap at Turn 9.

With sheer determination, he executed a jaw-dropping maneuver, swooping around the outside of Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) at Lukey Heights. The move was nothing short of spectacular, catapulting Lowes to victory and igniting the crowd with sheer excitement.

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But the adrenaline-fueled spectacle didn’t stop there. As the race reached its crescendo, drama ensued on the track. Locatelli’s valiant efforts came to a heartbreaking halt when his daring attempt to overtake Lowes ended in a crash at Turn 4, ultimately forcing him to retire from the race. This set the stage for a nail-biting showdown between Bautista and the unstoppable Kawasaki rider.

In a pulse-pounding finale, Lowes and Bautista battled fiercely for the coveted top spot. With milliseconds separating them, Lowes showcased nerves of steel as he held off Bautista’s relentless pursuit, crossing the finish line with a mere 0.048-second advantage. The crowd erupted in awe and admiration at the sheer spectacle of skill and determination displayed by these titans of two-wheeled racing.

Lowes’ triumph marks his fourth victory in the WorldSBK series, with an impressive track record at the legendary Australian circuit. It also signifies his ascent to the top of the Championship standings, a position he hasn’t held since the 2020 Australian round. Meanwhile, Bautista’s second-place finish adds yet another podium to his illustrious career, while Danilo Petrucci’s stellar performance earns him a well-deserved spot on the podium, showcasing the relentless competitiveness of the WorldSBK grid.

As the dust settles on an unforgettable race weekend, Lowes’ dominance on the track cements his status as a force to be reckoned with in the world of Superbike racing. With Kawasaki’s 180th victory under his belt and a renewed Championship lead, Lowes has set the stage for a thrilling season ahead, promising fans around the globe more heart-stopping moments and adrenaline-fueled action on the track.

The championship standings are as follows:

1Alex LowesKawasaki50
2Nicolo BulegaDucati41
3Andrea LocatelliYamaha29
4Andrea IannoneDucati29
5Alvaro BautistaDucati27
6Danilo PetrucciDucati24
7Dominique AegerterYamaha19
8Toprak RazgatliogluBMW18
9Michael Van Der MarkBMW16
10Garrett GerloffBMW15

Anyway, the WorldSBK Championship returns from March 22nd to 24th, with the Catalunya round.

For more info, access the WorldSBK website.


Marcelo Souza

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