23 May 2014
WSBK Donington: Lowes: There is no reason why I can’t win
Suzuki's Alex Lowes is aiming high for his home round of the World Superbike Championship as he looks to give his rookie season a boost.
Alex Lowes says there is no reason why he cannot win his first World Superbike Championship race on home soil at Donington Park as he looks to take full advantage of having prior circuit experience.
The defending British Superbike Champion has several new venues to learn as part of his maiden season at international level, but enjoys a return to his home venue of Donington Park this weekend having been a double winner in the national series last season.
Indeed, Lowes has achieved his best results at familiar circuits this season, with strong pace at Phillip Island – where he conducted pre-season testing – and an impressive maiden podium in the wet at Assen, another BSB venue.
Donington Park, however, remains one of Lowes's best-loved venues, the youngster pointing out that his form on the 'less-assisted' Samsung Honda last season suggests he has the pace for victory in WSBK on the Suzuki.
“There is no reason why I can't win,” he told Crash.net. “I have been round here on a BSB bike a second off what they are doing on these bikes, with 40bhp less and no electronics. If can't go a second quicker on his bike, then I am doing something wrong.
“So long as I ride the same, I should be at the front. I think I was half a second off what Johnny did on the BSB bike last year, so there is no reason why I shouldn't.”
Reflecting on his BSB season thus far, though Lowes admits he is somewhat disappointed with his results on paper so far, he is delighted to be racing with the Crescent Racing outfit and is full of praise for their efforts in supporting him.
“It's been a s**t season,” he told Crash.net when asked how he would rate his season so far. “After testing I expected to be at the front straight away, but I think I have matched Eugene at every single track. He finished second in the world last year so it wasn't stupid to expect that [a front-running challenge], as did Eugene, but it's not happened.
“The team deserve [good results], they work so hard… Dale [Meech] and Russ [Joyner], my mechanics, and Lez [Pearson]… I have never met anyone who work as hard as they do. We have a little Whatsapp group together. They will be in the workshop working until 11pm every day, just to get everything ready for the weekend. We are not a factory team, we are a much smaller team, so that gives me even more motivation.
“They are doing the best they can and I am doing the best I can, so I feel I am on the way up. I am past my injuries, everything is looking better, the bike is improving… I'm actually really confident and happy with everything. We just need to see the results improve.”
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