28 March 2013
WSS: Sam Lowes - Q&A
No, I'd refuse to do that just because of my respect for the sport. But I have pretended to be Alex on many, many occasions. We've sometimes done tests for each other, Alex has done Eurosport interviews for me, and I've done radio interviews for him! If he's busy, I'm always happy to help out.
But you are definitely Sam, right?
Yep, I'm definitely Sam!
And who is older?
Me, older and faster!
Talking about exams, did you have normal schooling?
Yeah I had a normal schooling, my dad was very firm on that and he said that if I wanted to race, I'd have to do well at my exams. I didn't go further than GCSEs but I did get 10 of them, all A* or A, and I didn't find them too much trouble. I found school relatively easy, I was just lucky in that way.
How often do you attend each other's races?
We come to any races we can unless the calendar clashes. We help each other on the riding side. We'll watch each other and if Alex says something to me about my riding, I always listen because I know he sincerely wants to help.
But I hate watching him ride; it's the worst thing in the world. Last year I got a little better, but before that I couldn't really watch him to be honest. I get a lot more nervous watching him than about myself.
He's really solid now and not making so many mistakes so I don't get so nervous anymore, having said that though, it's a good nervous because I know how good he can be and I just want him to do his best.
Your results seemed to improve after doing your stint in World Superstock in 2008, would you agree?
I wouldn't necessarily agree with that. A lot of that improvement came with age and opportunity. I was previously in a family team which didn't have the budget or the bike, but I learned quite a lot and also got experience in Europe. I was still quite young.
Also previously I was still working as an electrician for my dad. The deal was that if we worked 5.5 or 6 days a week, he'd pay for the racing. I also had to do training after work, but I was happy enough with that. He put loads of money into the racing and I definitely do appreciate it. I'm lucky to have the parents I do.
The year afterwards I knew that if I wanted to be a bike racer I would have to knuckle down and put everything into it. It was a kind of make or break time for me.
Are you training more now?
We both moved out of home to Derby because we've got a new trainer, the same one as Leon Haslam uses. You have to move out at some point. Training is important, you've got to know that you are as fit as you possibly can be. It's only when you know that you've given 100% for every lap of the race that you can feel happy.
I usually train 7 until 10:30am every day. It's particularly difficult late November, early December when we start even earlier at 6.30 and it's always hard on the running track in the freezing cold, but that's what makes the difference. People often underestimate how hard it is to ride a bike at our level and the off track commitment and work you have to put in.
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