Alex Lowes says he isn't making any predictions as to how he will fare when he makes his much anticipated World Superbike Championship debut with Castrol Honda at Brno this weekend.
Lowes has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since making an impressive full-time British Superbike debut aboard an EVO-specification WFR Honda at the start of the season, the 20-year-old proceeding to grab more headlines when he claimed a pole position on his debut for his new team MSS Colchester Kawasaki at Thruxton.
His efforts have now been rewarded further with an excellent opportunity to make his debut on the world stage with Castrol Honda, Lowes stepping in as the replacement for the injured Jonathan Rea.
Joining the series at Brno, a circuit he knows from his time racing in the Superstock 1000 series two years ago, Lowes is looking forward to seeing how he fares against some of the world's best Superbike riders.
“After the British Superbike race weekend just gone, I'm happy to be able to focus 100 per cent on Brno now and I can't wait to get on the bike there,” said Lowes, twin brother of World Supersport front runner Sam. “I went to the team workshop last week and the guys made me feel really relaxed and welcome and went through a circuit map with me to discuss the gearing and other settings that Jonathan used last year.
“I also tried the bike for size, but really didn't change anything except lowering the front brake lever a little and adding a thumb lever for the rear brake. I'll walk the track with the guys when I get to Brno and then just aim to keep improving in every session over the weekend.
“It's difficult to know what to expect in the way of results until I get out there, but my aim is simply to enjoy myself, work hard and do the best that I can to make the most of this chance.”
Team manager Ronald ten Kate is also keen to see how the youngster performs at this level on a bike that was victorious in the hands of Rea at Brno last season.
“First of all, on behalf of the team, I'd like to extend a really big welcome to Alex. We already spent a day together at the workshop last week, when we got to know him a little bit and dialled out some early settings issues with the bike, like handlebars, footrests, seating position and so on.
“We are all really looking forward to having him on board this weekend at Brno where we have done well as a team in the last couple of years. We are hoping for a productive and solid weekend.”