Sam Lowes will ride in the Moto2 World Championship next season for an as-yet-undisclosed team.
The 23-year-old, who secured the World Supersport Championship title with Yakhnich Motorsport this weekend, has been the subject of much speculation regarding his future whereabouts, having signed agreements with both the Russian team and the Yamaha manufacturer on the basis that he would step up to WSBK in 2014 aboard a Yakhnich-prepared R1.
However, with Yakhnich now set to make a move into WSBK next season with an alternative manufacturer, Lowes has sought other options for 2014 and duly penned a two-year agreement to race in Moto2.
Lowes will remain involved in the Yakhnich operation at a PR and marketing level.
In a brief statement from the team, Yakhnich Motorsport expressed their gratitude to Lowes for their success in World Supersport this season and wished him the best for the future.
“Next two years Sam Lowes will race in Moto2 and meanwhile he will continue his collaboration with Yakhnich Motorsport in marketing and PR activities.
“Both parts agreed that so talented rider must proof his skills in other championships than the World Supersport championship in which he rode for the last five years.
“In summary, Yakhnich Motorsport is proud of Sam Lowes being the team member and also that could achieve high results. On the other hand, Sam Lowes appreciates the team who believed in his talent and let him boost his career in the top level championships.
“Both parts wanted to thank Yamaha Europe for their important support during the season which allowed the team to fight on the highest level and win the championship.”