World Supersport champion Sam Lowes is making his Speed Up Moto2 debut in testing at Jerez today (Thursday) - shortly before which he gave this exclusive interview to Crash.net
Sam's twin brother Alex won the British Superbike title this season...
What's your perspective on your World Supersport season?
Looking back, after the season got going and after a couple of races it just all went to plan. We didn't make the best of starts at Philip Island but still came away with a second and obviously at Aragon we had an engine problem, but after that I had a good sit down with the team and we just went from strength to strength. I'd probably describe it as a perfect season.
I learnt a lot in 2011 and 2012 which I put into practice this year and I have to say that I've learnt a lot in my championship winning year too.
Winning any championship takes a massive amount of work from so many people and it also takes a little bit of luck and things have to go your way. To make that happen I've learnt to work so much harder in preparing before the race and working during it. I've won a championship before in BSS but this was at a whole different level.
I think I've come out of the experience a different rider. I raced very strongly this year and maybe kept my head in many situations, where in the past I might not have done. I think this year I took a huge step up as a rider from being just a fast one to being one that can fight for the title.
Confidence is also a big thing and I've got a lot of that at the moment. I'd definitely say that I'm a better rider now than the one who started the season.
So on the Lowes family mantelpiece, you've now got the WSS and BSB trophies…
Yeah, we will have, mine's with the team at the minute but when it comes back to me it'll look pretty good.
I'm definitely proud of Alex for what he's achieved and I'm also proud of myself for what I've achieved, it's been a great year. As soon as I got on the bike I knew I was going to be strong and it's that self-belief that carried me through.
You can't say which title is the greater. Alex is the youngest ever BSB champion, 23 like me, and set lap times at Assen and Silverstone that were faster than the Honda World Superbike riders so what he's achieved this year is very impressive and all credit to him.
Mine's a world championship though so I hope that gives me some bragging rights but they're both great championships and think it's good for the sport for us both to have them.
Did you watch the BSB final race?