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    Sunshine for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki as Lowes holds top four on Assen day one

     

    Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Sunshine for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki as Lowes holds top four on Assen day one Voltcom Crescent Suzuki racer Alex Lowes leaves Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ with the fourth fastest time at the end of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship’s first day in the Netherlands. Lowes ran a consistent pace at the Dutch circuit throughout both Friday sessions on the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R, briefly holding the top spot with less than 10 minutes to go in the afternoon practice, with a time of 1’36.219. The Englishman’s time was enough for fourth fastest in the combined standings having circulated well within the top eight for the duration of the day. A small crash in the last two minutes of the second session saw Lowes unscathed and positive ahead of the remainder of the weekend. Eugene Laverty finished the day with a fastest lap of 1’36.467, holding seventh in the tightly contested times. Confident with the changes made to the Suzuki GSX-R1000 since Aragon two weeks ago, Laverty is looking forward to tomorrow’s Superpole qualifying and the subsequent races on Sunday. An unexpectedly warm and sunny Assen TT Circuit saw temperatures reach 24°C for the afternoon’s second practice session, after an overcast morning had threatened to retain its cool and blustery conditions. Ducati’s Davide Giugliano posted the fastest time of the day of 1’35.396. Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is confident the pace shown across the two practice sess

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