25 September 2014
WSBK: Alex Lowes re-signs with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
Alex Lowes will remain a Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider for another season after signing to remain with the team for WSBK 2015.
Alex Lowes has confirmed he will remain with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team for the 2015 World Superbike Championship.
The 24-year-old stepped up to the WSBK series in 2014 after winning the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship and has shown impressive flashes of pace in his first season of international racing, notably his runs to the podium at Assen and Donington Park.
However, in an apprenticeshp year tempered by injuries too, Lowes says he is now looking forward to putting what he has acquired in 2014 to better use when the 2015 season rolls around.
“My first year with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki in the World Championship hasn't always been easy but overall it's been great,” he said. “You learn a lot about yourself and the team when things don't quite go right and now at this stage of the year we know exactly where we need to improve, both on and off track. I'm really enjoying my riding again after some injuries early in the year and looking forward to continuing my improvement and being more consistent in 2015.
“The World Superbike Championship is a fantastic series to race in, it's been great to race at so many new tracks but it has also meant I've had a lot to learn! My second year will allow me the opportunity to continue my development with the benefit of a year's experience, so I'm really looking forward to the next stage in my career.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team and all the sponsors and partners for their continued faith in me, bringing me up from BSB Champion to the World level and continuing that support into my second year as a World Championship racer. I'm confident we can challenge at the front with the Suzuki GSX-R next year and will be aiming, as ever, to achieve my very best for all involved.”
Providing the Suzuki team some continuity following the confirmation that Eugene Laverty will race in MotoGP next season, team manager is delighted to have Lowes remaining on board for another year.
“There have been a lot of challenges for Alex this year – new Championship, new team, new bike, new tracks, and learning the electronic control strategies used at World level. It's not easy to jump straight in from a domestic series and be competitive but Alex has clearly shown his raw speed, determination and understanding of what's needed to run with the fastest riders.
“Alex's most important attribute in terms of our decision to extend the contract is simple – he is blindingly fast. The second year together will allow us to make better decisions, improve consistency and to understand what's needed circuit-to-circuit to achieve the best performance.
“In some cases, that might mean settling for a result that is below our target but is the best that can be achieved on the day – and that approach will come with time and experience. However, when the opportunity is there we need a rider who can win – and Alex fits that bill perfectly.”
With two rounds and four races remaining, Lowes is currently 11th in the WSBK standings.
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