Alex Lowes quits WFR Honda

The youngster has dominated the EVO class so far this year and regularly featured amongst the top riders overall.
WFR Honda has announced that its star rider Alex Lowes has left the team following a failure to come to terms on a contract agreement.

The young Superbike rookie has stunned the British Superbike paddock during the opening three rounds this season, winning five of the six EVO races and getting his bike into the top five overall at Croft.

However, a statement from the team confirmed Lowes had been riding without a contract and subsequent negotiations to arrange one would ultimately fail.

"I am very disappointed that we have not been able to reach an agreement,” revealed team manager Myles Schofield. “Contract terms are often viewed differently between those involved, and although we have done our best to explain what we feel is a fair and equitable agreement, it seems Alex is not able to commit. As such, we have today withdrawn our offer of the ride and Alex is now free to negotiate his own position.

"Alex is a very talented motorcycle racer with a bright future and I would like to thank him for his wonderful performances as a Team WFR rider. I wish we'd been able to help him realise his full potential both on track and commercially but these things don't always work out how you'd planned. I hope he finds a new path very soon and wish him all the success he deserves."

Though it isn't confirmed whether Lowes has arranged a deal elsewhere, possibly in the main championship class, it is no secret that rivals teams have shown an interest in him.

Despite Lowes's departure, WFR Honda are still well placed for the championship with Glen Richards currently second overall behind his team-mate. WFR, meanwhile, insist it will search for a third rider to join Richards and the currently-injured Graeme Gowland.

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May 19, 2011 10:52 AM
Last Edited 1506 days ago

Nothing in the article to suggest it, but rumours are that he was offered a ridiculously long contract term that would have been crazy to sign. This is a big fail for WFR in my view, because Alex has shown real talent and will go on to great success without them. Fortunately he's already shown enough class and speed to get other teams interested. I'm sure he'll be with a top team before long. Best of luck to him.

onyourbike - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 11:15 AM

there is no rumour about it he was offered a management contract by the team which was 10 years long, basically wanting to control his rights,sponsorship deals etc..., But who in there right mind would sign a 10 yr contract, no f8cking idiot would sign that in any professional sport. they arent even a professional sports management company and cos he would sign that they said 'well sorry you cant ride for us then' alex has be lucky as the 3 rounds he's had he's had a chance to prove how talented he really is,the lad will move onto bigger and better things. just hope they realise what theyve done and dont do the same to gowland & leave him up sh8t creak!!!discracefull behaviour

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