Voltcom Crescent Suzuki manager Paul Denning has hailed the quality of his team's all-new rider line-up for the 2014 World Superbike Championship following the official confirmation that Alex Lowes will join Eugene Laverty.
Bringing WSBK runner-up Laverty and British Superbike Champion Lowes together into arguably one of the most formidable rider pairings on the 2014 WSBK grid, the pair are charged with returning Suzuki to the WSBK winners' circle for the first time since 2010.
Praising 23-year-old's 'tenacity and maturity' in securing the British Superbike title, Denning believes Lowes is the ideal man to partner 12-time WSBK race winner Laverty
“Alex was the first rider decision we made for 2014 and having experienced his commitment, ability to learn and raw speed at the two tests we've completed so far, it only strengthens our belief that we have a very special talent riding for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team for next season.
“Alex rode a spectacular year in British Superbikes and showed incredible tenacity and maturity - considering his young age - to win the championship. He appears to fit the Suzuki GSX-R well, looks comfortable and has an inner confidence that never comes over as arrogant.
“Eugene's experience and speed will be another help to Alex as he enters his first season of World Superbike competition and we couldn't be happier with the overall rider line-up and the opportunities that are in-front of us.”
Suzuki has not won a race in World Superbikes since Leon Haslam succeeded at Kyalami for the Alstare-prepared team in 2010.
Lowes is the first BSB champion to make a direct step into World Superbikes since 2009 winner Leon Camier, while it is the first time since 2001 that both the reigning BSB and WSBK champions have competed in the same series.