Newly crowned World Supersport champion Sam Lowes has explained his decision to switch to Moto2 in 2014, insisting a move now will put him in a stronger position to chase his MotoGP dream.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks regarding his future whereabouts, with deals at both Superbike and GP level being mooted.
However, in the wake of securing the 2013 WSS title for Yakhnich Motorsport, it was officially confirmed that Lowes has signed to race in Moto2 for the next two seasons with Speed Up.
Indeed, though Lowes insists he would have been happy to remain in the Superbike paddock for the time being, he isn't convinced World Superbikes is a natural route to the upper echelon of motorcycle racing, especially once the series adopts the forthcoming EVO regulations.
“I love Superbikes,” he told Crash.net
. “I've had a great year and I'm in a great place. It was a hard decision and it will be a big difference because I've never ridden in GP, but for me, my ultimate aim is to be in MotoGP if I can.
“The bigger picture is MotoGP, so I had a look at what the best way was to get there and with Superbike, as much as I know it's such a competitive championship, some people in GP don't look at it so much, so the next couple of years with the EVO rules coming I think they'll look at it less and less.
“I had to make a decision if I wanted to get to Superbikes or to GP, which has been my dream as a kid, so the chance to go into Moto2 with a good team swayed it for me.”
Though the exact structure of Lowes's Moto2 deal hasn't been confirmed, he has penned a two-year deal to ride the Speed Up, a chassis currently used by Forward Racing, AGR and QMMF. For Lowes, however, he says the passion of team owner Luca Boscoscuro was pivotal in his choice.
“I had a few options. I race because I love racing and I like people I deal with to share that with me. Ever since I started speaking with Luca Boscoscuro, the team owner, I got such a great feeling from him, he was so positive towards me. It pushed a lot for me to go there and he's made a lot happen for me to go there, which shows a lot of support and belief.”