Alex Lowes has thanked the Castrol Honda team for the opportunity to make his World Superbike Championship debut at Brno, the youngster pleased to secure a points' finish in his first appearance.
A steep learning curve for the youngster, who only made his full-time Superbike debut earlier this year, Lowes struggled during the early stages of the weekend, but would prove fairly comparable to team-mate Ruben Xaus and was faster than the Spaniard during morning warm-up.
Getting amongst some more seasoned competitors during race one, Lowes ran as high as 13th before fading to an eventual 15th at the chequered flag and scoring a single point. Hopes of faring better in race two were dashed early on when he fell, but Lowes was pleased with his progress over the course of the event.
“The weekend was great but I'm just really disappointed with the crash in the second race,” said Lowes, who was substituting for the injured Jonathan Rea. “The front didn't really feel good from the start, like there was a lack of grip, which was frustrating and that probably led to the crash. But before that, we'd made progress in every session and gone faster, even in the first race. I feel that I've worked really hard to change my style and the weekend went well until that rubbish end.”
Indeed, Lowes says he has learnt a lot from his first experience on the WSBK stage, revealing that he will stick with the team for a test at Assen in an effort to mould him into a better rider.
“Still, it's been a mega experience and I'd really like the thank the people at Honda, Ronald and Gerrit ten Kate an d all the guys in the team for giving me this opportunity and for teaching me such a lot. I think it's definitely made me a better rider. I'm going to have a chance to continue to change my braking style at a test with the team next week in Assen and I know I'll learn even more then.”
Lowes also drew praise from team manager Ronald ten Kate, who was pleased to see the Briton improve with every session
“Young Alex was still chipping away at his best qualifying time in warm-up this morning and in race one he produced another personal best lap. He's actually done quite a good job for us, and himself, getting constantly faster while adapting to the new bike, a new team and the track, which he was not so familiar with.
“It's a shame about his race two crash, because it denied him some more track time, which he could have used very well. But we're going to give him some more of that at a test in Assen next week.”