By Christian Tiburtius
Sam Lowes began his third season of World Supersport with a second place finish on his Yakhnich Yamaha debut at Phillip Island.
The young Englishman, twin brother of BSB star Alex, previously won five WSS races at PTR Honda.
Here Sam talks about his racing career to date - including his decision to leave PTR - as well as his future ambitions...
How did you and Alex start out in racing?
We both started at the same time when we were 3 or 4 years old. We had little motor cross bikes for riding in the field with dad and we both had our first motor cross race at the age of 6. We do everything together, not just the racing, we also live together, train together and we're really close. We both always wanted to race and we've got a massive passion for it.
Dad used to race at club level and we used to watch him at Cadwell Park. He must have been quite into it because he bought us the bikes, but there was never any pressure and he never pushed us, we just always just naturally wanted to do it.
Is there any difference in character between you and Alex?
Yeah, we're totally different in our character, and that's probably why we get on so good.
People often say that Alex is a bit quieter than me and maybe a bit more reserved. I probably do a lot more talking than him!
I think that in racing terms, he's a lot more progressive about how he builds up speed whereas I go out and just try to go fast straight away. In the garage our approach is also quite different.
I think the reason I looked a bit more measured than him last season was that I've got a great amount of experience on the super sports bike whereas Alex still has loads to learn on the super bike. It's like in the recent testing; even in the cold he's just gone out and built up, built up and built up, whereas I'd probably try to get the lap record straight away.
He's probably got about half a second on Kiyo hasn't he?
Kiyo is a three time champion and a great team-mate for Alex, obviously in racing it's always nice to beat your team-mate, but I think they will be good for each other this year.
When you practice together, who usually wins?
We're very similar, if you put us on a bike we didn't know, maybe Alex would be a little quicker than me to start with and maybe I would end up a little quicker. But we're really close and I've beaten him as many times as he's beaten me.
We play golf together as well and we're close at that too. One of our great passions is golf, it's one of the hardest games you can play in your head and it can really switch your mind down. I think it helps me with my racing, it's a bit of a chill out, but it still helps with concentration.
You both look quite similar, have you ever raced pretending that you're Alex?