BMW not to this point behind, says Alex Lowes


The German producer has bought its 2022 marketing campaign off to a gradual begin, with only a single top-five end courtesy of recent signing Scott Redding to its credit score throughout final month’s Aragon and Assen occasions.

That has left BMW fifth and final within the producers’ standings, 10 factors down on fourth-placed Honda, whereas Ducati convert Redding is a lowly twelfth within the riders’ desk as he continues to adapt to the M1000RR.

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Issues haven’t been helped by BMW’s lead rider Michael van der Mark breaking his leg throughout the winter, forcing him to overlook the Aragon opener and leaving him to scrap over minor factors positions on his return at Assen.

However Lowes, who spent a part of the ultimate race on the Dutch venue battling Redding on his solution to fourth place, thinks that van der Mark’s return is bound to speed up BMW’s progress and make the marque a extra formidable opponent.

“It wasn’t actually a shock [to be battling Redding],” mentioned Lowes. “Have a look at Mikey [van der Mark], ending eighth with one leg.

“I don’t actually assume they’ve gone backwards. It’s simply Scott has joined the staff coming from Ducati and he’ll take time to regulate. If Michael had completed winter testing… final yr he was battling for the rostrum with me within the first spherical.

“They’ve not gone backwards, it’s tight now and it doesn’t take a lot to be in there. [Redding] was using properly, the bike is quick.

“I feel when Michael is again wholesome they usually’re pushing one another, I don’t assume they’re as distant as they assume.”

Van der Mark completed thirteenth within the first race at Assen, his first again from damage, earlier than enhancing to eighth throughout the second full-length encounter of the weekend, three locations behind teammate Redding.

 

The Dutch rider mentioned he was merely pleased to have the ability to compete having been unable to participate within the majority of BMW’s winter testing programme.

“It was robust, particularly Friday and Saturday,” mentioned van der Mark. “I couldn’t experience longer than 4 or 5 laps. On Saturday, after I did the entire race distance, I used to be actually pleased. I scored some factors.

“I didn’t anticipate to do the entire distance as a result of health and coaching clever, I couldn’t do rather a lot within the final couple of weeks. I couldn’t cycle rather a lot, I couldn’t stroll. It was good to get on the bike once more and get bike match.

“In Race 2, numerous issues occurred round me. I gained 13 seconds in comparison with Saturday. I completed eighth and I feel we should be pleased to be right here.”

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