MSS Colchester Kawasaki has announced it has parted company with Alex Lowes after a significant dip in form over the last few MCE British Superbike rounds.
The youngster has experienced a hugely eventful 2011 motorcycling season, beginning with a move to BSB with EVO team WFR Honda for the new season, Lowes going on to stun the paddock by challenging towards the front of the field overall during the opening races
Despite this, issues over contract negotiations would prompt a split after just three rounds, Lowes immediately landing with MSS Colchester Kawasaki as a replacement for the injured Stuart Easton. From here, Lowes appeared to assure his future with a remarkable run to pole position in his first race with the team at Thruxton, an achievement that prompted the team to sign him for the remainder of the year.
However, Lowes has struggled to replicate that form since then, while his tenure on the Kawasaki ZX-10R has been characterised by a series of accidents, including this weekend's round at Cadwell Park when he suffered two costly falls from positions well inside the top ten.
Indeed, with Lowes having managed just one top ten finish – his run to seventh on his Kawasaki debut at Thruxton -, MSS Colchester Kawasaki have decided to split with the rider ahead of the final three rounds of 2011.
“Alex is a very talented young rider but it might have been too big an ask to move up from Supersport to Evo to BSB and WSB, all in such a short space of time,” said team manager Nick Morgan.
“We wish Alex every success in the future and look forward to seeing him around the paddock. To be honest we've also got to that point of the year already where we are looking at next season both in terms of the new rules and riders.”
Lowes also enjoyed a two-round stint on the World Superbike stage, deputising for Jonathan Rea at Castrol Honda, while he has also continued testing with the team. His twin brother Sam is competing in the World Supersport Championship.