Moto2 rider Sam Lowes is convinced his twin brother Alex will bounce back from a disappointing World Superbike opening round at Phillip Island and become a serious contender for the riders' title.

The former World Supersport champion switched to Grand Prix racing last season while his brother moved into World Superbikes with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki. Alex Lowes notched up two podium finishes in his debut WSBK season before eventually finishing 11th in the championship on the GSX-R1000.

The Lincolnshire rider was tipped to one of the frontrunners in 2015 but suffered a horrific opening round at Phillip Island. After his bike broke down during the warm-up and he had to use the number two machine. Lowes could only manage a ninth place in race one and retired from race two, leaving Australia with just seven points.

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But his brother Sam has every faith for the season ahead.

"He will be fast this year," he said. "Phillip Island is always a strange race because it has a big build up as the first race of the year and very early on the calendar. Everything that could have gone wrong for him did out there. The first race he was riding the second bike because the first one broke during warm up.

"He's got a good team around him and he's been fast. Last year he was fast over one lap but now he is fast over a race distance so he'll be back."

The siblings share a very tight bond to one another and when it comes to racing Sam believes he can understand Alex better than anyone else.

"We're really, really close and I'm his biggest fan as well as his biggest critic. I know how good he is more than he knows himself and I know when it works this year he can do a really good job."

Sam is preparing for the Moto2 season opener in Qatar at the end of the month when he'll begin his second season in the MotoGP feeder series.

Despite the twins racing in the top levels for over five years, the pair have only raced on the same track at the same time once before, at the 2010 British round of the World Supersport championship. Sam was victorious over his brother, finishing 10th while Alex was forced to retire at Silverstone.

If Sam was offered the opportunity to race against his brother again he'd wouldn't hesitate in an instant.

"Oh 100% it would be by dream," Sam said. "It would preferably be in MotoGP, but in whatever class. Also I would like it if we could be team-mates. We get on so well and have a great relationship so if he gives me some criticism it's only to help me. Not to be a knob, just to help, which is good.

"I've always been one to aim to beat my team-mate and so if it was Alex I'd want to beat him anyway, it would be competitive but in a good way. Sometimes if you are competitive with your team-mate and they beat you then you throw your toys out the pram, but if he beat me I'd have great respect for him. For a team I think it would be great in the future if we could be team-mates.

"But we both have to pull our fingers out and do a good job first!"