Alex Lowes says his ninth place finish in the final round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship 'doesn't tell the whole story' as he heads into the winter period feeling positive about his future prospects.

At the end of an indifferent season for the 2013 British Superbike Champion, Lowes showed flashes of form on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, notably his podiums at Assen and Donington Park, but injuries and a lack of consistency would see him end the year down in 11th overall.

Nonetheless, despite the low-key end to his year with a tenth and ninth place finish in Qatar, Lowes - who has already re-signed for Suzuki in 2015 - cites the final race as having achieved a potential breakthrough in form.

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"Tenth and a ninth may not look as good on paper but it doesn't tell the whole story," he said. "The front tyre started to cut up with about eight laps to go in race one which made it quite hard work, so I just had to get the bike to the finish.

"For the second race Lez [Pearson] made some great changes to the bike and it felt a lot better, we tried a different front tyre that I've not raced all year but once I got used to it, after the first six laps, it was probably the best I've ridden since Donington, so a nice way to finish the year.

"I was just a few seconds off the guys who finished in fourth place so I'm quite happy with that, I dug in until the last lap of the last race of the year and it has given me a bit of confidence going forward to testing.

"Thanks to the whole team, to Suzuki, Voltcom and Yoshimura for all their hard work this year, and I'm looking forward to coming back much stronger at Phillip Island for next season."

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Hardly a positive season.
Last of the non-EVO riders.
Frequent crashes.
Probably more of the same next year.