Alex Lowes has hailed his call-up to the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team as a 'dream come true'.
Lowes has called drafted in as a replacement for the injured Bradley Smith and commiserated with his fellow Briton, although the Pata Yamaha World Superbike rider is relishing the chance to make his premier class bow in front of his home fans at Silverstone this weekend.
Lowes, who will also fill in for Smith at San Marino, recently tested the YZR-M1 at the post-race test at Brno in the Czech Republic and says he is eager to learn as much as he can when he takes his place on the same grid as Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo this weekend.
“First of all, I just want to say how sorry I am to hear of Bradley's injury. It sounds like he has been extremely unlucky and I hope he gets well soon. With regards to me getting this opportunity, of course it's genuinely a dream come true,” said Lowes.
“I'm sure that I'll have to pinch myself on Sunday when I'm sitting on the starting grid with Rossi, Lorenzo, Marquez etc. However, I have no expectations at this point. I simply want to learn as much as I can from everyone around me.
“I personally want to thank everyone at Yamaha and Tech3 for giving me this opportunity.”
Team boss Herve Poncharal said Lowes has an important role to play as he takes the reins during Smith's recovery period.
“Next up is Silverstone and unfortunately, we are very sorry to say that Bradley won't be able to ride at his home race due to the injuries which he sustained in the Oschersleben 8 Hours event,” he said.
“We wish him a full and swift recovery and we know he'll be back on track soon. Alex Lowes will replace Brad for the next two races and I want to say thank you to Paul Denning and the Pata Yamaha Official World Superbike Team for their cooperation. In addition, I also want to welcome Alex and wish him luck for our short, but important, time together.
“Silverstone is a circuit that he knows very well, but he has no pressure from us with regards to results. Plus, the local fans will get behind Alex and cheer him on throughout the weekend.”