PTR Honda team manager Simon Buckmaster says he won't stand in Sam Lowes' way as the British rider seeks a move to World Superbikes
in the CRT class for 2013.
Lowes is currently fourth in the World Supersport Championship with a chance of securing third place overall at the final round this weekend at Magny-Cours in France.
Buckmaster would jump at the chance to retain Lowes for 2013 to challenge for the World Supersport crown but accepts that Lowes could be heading to pastures new next season.
“I can tell you if we could we would be happy to keep all our riders as everyone has contributed to a fantastic team atmosphere,” he said.
“We all know this may not be possible, as Sam for instance would like to move up to World Superbike or MotoGP
“As you may know we also manage Sam personally and as much as I would like him to go again and win the WSS title next year I would not in any way want to hold him back.
“We all want to see Sam reach as high a level as possible in his career.”
PTR rider Jules Cluzel has also impressed Buckmaster this year and he hopes to keep the French ace despite interest from Kawasaki.
“Jules Cluzel has been nothing but impressive on the PTR Honda,” he said.
“Jules never saw the bike until he got to Australia and had never ridden on Pirelli tyres. His first three round scores were fourth, a crash and sixth.
“If we held those events now I think we all know his results would be much stronger and he would have taken the title to the last round,” added Buckmaster.
“For sure, along with Kenan [Sofuoglu] he will be the rider to beat in 2013.
“Let's hope we can keep him at PTR and give Kawasaki a big fight and for the fans a racing treat.
“Kawasaki have been interested in Jules but I hope you all agree with me he would be better off on our Honda.”
Buckmaster revealed that Mathew Scholtz is poised to remain with PTR for another season and added that talks were ongoing with Ronan Quarmby over his plans for 2013.
He also suggested that Martin Jessopp is seeking a move back to British Superbikes
next year after a difficult season in WSS.
“Martin would like to move back to Superbike and if this happens we wish him all the best, he and his family have been a joy to work with this year,” said Buckmaster.