Alex Lowes has dedicated his maiden British Superbike Championship pole position to Stuart Easton, the man he replaced at MSS Colchester Kawasaki earlier this week.
The youngster, who has been drafted into Easton's spot following the Scot's horrific accident on the North West 200, was in stunning form aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10R, snatching pole position from John Hopkins just a day after jumping on the bike for the first time.
Coming after three events in which Lowes has captured headlines with his giant-killing performances aboard the EVO-specification WFR Honda, though that partnership came to a somewhat acrimonious conclusion less than two weeks ago, his subsequent switch to the championship class Kawasaki team is already paying dividends.
Indeed, while Easton has been impressive on the Kawasaki so far this year to score three podiums in six races, his replacement has already broken new ground by claiming a first pole position for the MSS Colchester team.
Even so, Lowes was quick to dedicate the result to Easton, who remains in hospital having suffered serious femur and pelvis injuries.
“It is just an awesome feeling, mega” he said. “In each of the sessions, I was able to go faster and that really is a testament to the work that had been put in on the bike by Stuart.
“This is for Stuart – we all want to get him back out there on track as soon as possible. This will give him a lift, as he has done all of the development work on the bike to make this possible and it will do the whole team good. It has not been easy since his crash for the team, seeing one of your own badly injured, as they are like a big family. Now I have to a good job for all of them in these races.”
Lowes comes to MSS Colchester Kawasaki having amassed a sizeable lead in the EVO standings, though results that include a fifth place finish at Croft mean he is well placed in 13th overall.