15 December 2014
WSBK Rider of the Year vote: 10th – Alex Lowes
You place Alex Lowes tenth in our World Superbike Rider of the Year poll, as voted for by you...
10th – Alex Lowes
Average poll score out of ten: 5.9
Team: Voltcom Crescent Racing
Bike: Suzuki GSX-R1000
Fastest Laps: 2
Best Finish 2nd
Championship points: 139
Championship position: 11th
The first British Superbike Champion to directly graduate to the world stage since Leon Camier in 2009, Alex Lowes came to Voltcom Crescent Suzuki under pressure to uphold a reputation forged by not only his own title-winning BSB success but the similar fortunes of his World Supersport Championship-winning twin Sam Lowes.
Indeed, 2013 had been the 'Year of the Lowes twins' after their respective titles, but while Sam exited the WSBK paddock to chase success in Moto2, Alex came in eager to translate his Honda BSB pace onto the WSBK Suzuki.
It certainly didn't take long for Lowes to make his mark, a startlingly fast pace out of the box in testing and the early stages of the opening round in Australia raising hopes and expectations – not just amongst fans, but himself too.
Unfortunately, a big crash leading up to race day stopped Lowes in his tracks and thereafter his season drew similar parallels as flashes of speed were tempered by frustrating inconsistencies and more than a few sizeable tumbles.
To his credit, the increasingly-dated Suzuki GSX-R1000 proved something of a handful on occasion in both Lowes and team-mate Eugene Laverty's hands, with each rider victims of being caught out when pushing on.
Indeed, Lowes benefitted from having Laverty as his benchmark for 2014 and though the Irishman – a runner-up in 2013 - had the edge in most areas, the difference wasn't discernible enough in the context of their relative WSBK experience for the Englishman to seem overshadowed.
Furthermore, Lowes did have moments to celebrate in 2014, particularly his routes to the podium in the torrid conditions of Assen and on home soil at Donington Park, notably two circuits he had intimate knowledge of prior to arriving in WSBK.
With this in mind, it is clear Lowes has a lot more to bring to World Superbikes and given the sheer step up in quality he made during his short three years at BSB level, there is no reason to suggest 2015 could not signal a similar step forward…
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About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the WSBK Rider of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.
Over 40,000 votes were cast for the 2014 Crash.net WSBK Rider of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of the top twenty from this year's WSBK standings with a mark out of ten.
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