Following race one of the Sepang World Superbike round, ten-year-old Indonesian fan Shaina Salvia got the chance to interview Alex Lowes.

Although Lowes had just stepped off his Pata Yamaha at the end of an exhausting race, in which he fought back to fifth, the Englishman smiled 'right now' when asked when might be a good time for the interview.

As usual, Shaina wrote all the questions and conducted the interview without any assistance. Also present were her mum and brother, Lowes' right-hand man Glen Richards, Crescent press officer Christina Bulpett, with Crash.net's Peter McLaren on recording duties...

Shaina Salvia A.S.:
You were fast at the beginning and end of the race today, but there was a problem in the middle. Did you have a good setting with the bike?

Alex Lowes:
Yeah, the bike was good. Unfortunately, the mistake was my mistake, so I'm sorry for that. But it was really nice to be in first position off the start. Our bike is a new bike so every race we are getting a little bit better. I enjoyed the race, I was fast until the end and hopefully tomorrow without the mistake we can do better.

Shaina:
How did you feel when you began in World Superbike as the reigning British Superbike champion?

Alex Lowes:
The British Superbike Championship is at a high level, so when I arrived in World Superbike I already felt quite good. But the most difficult thing is to learn all the circuits, the different countries and the weather. For example, it's so hot here compared to England. England is never this hot, it's usually cold and raining! There's many things that are different, but I think the level of the championship in the UK is very high. That's good for the riders in British Superbike and helps them when they arrive in World Superbike.

Shaina:
How do you feel before you start a race?

Alex Lowes:
I feel good. Obviously like everybody I also feel nervous, but the best feeling in the world is to be on my bike. Since I was your age it's all I've wanted to do. So it's a dream come true and I always feel happy when I'm at the track.

Shaina:
What is the best experience you've had in World Superbike?

Alex Lowes:
My best experience up until now is probably my second place at Assen because it was a wet race, really difficult and my first podium in World Superbike. So that's a great memory for me. But when I achieve my first win that'll be better!

Shaina:
You've switched from Suzuki to Yamaha, how is the performance of the bike and what is the improvement?

Alex Lowes:
There's quite a big difference between the two bikes, because the way the engine works is completely different. But I really like the Yamaha, it's a beautiful bike. After my first five laps I had a big smile on my face! But because it's a new project there are small problems and it's been quite hard work. We just need a little bit more time to do some testing. We have parts arriving every weekend. So the biggest thing we need is time. I really like the Yamaha. The two years on a Suzuki were good experience for me, but now I'm happy to be with Yamaha and hopefully we'll be back on the podium soon.

Shaina:
You have a twin brother Sam who rides in Moto2, and I see that he has good results. What do you think about that?

Alex Lowes:
Well it's strange. Three weeks ago I was in Jerez and he won the race. The emotions when I'm watching my brother are completely different to when I'm riding. I'm really proud of him, he's doing a good job and we're really close. It's fantastic to have a brother in the same sport because you can share the same experiences. It's really good. I feel lucky about that.

Shaina:
I feel the same when my brother is good at something...

Alex Lowes:
Yeah, you feel proud. It's fantastic. But he's doing good, so I need to do better - that is the problem!

Shaina:
If you raced with your brother, there's going to be a lot of pride about who can win! Do you want to race in the same series?

Alex Lowes:
Yeah, it would be good. I think I would win and for sure, if you ask him, he thinks he would win! It would be fantastic but for now we're on a different path. The dream would be to ride together in MotoGP, but first I have to win here. Next year he will already be in MotoGP, so I have to win and then we'll see. But I hope we will race together. It would be fantastic. Also I'd get to see him more, because now in MotoGP they have a lot of races and I don't see him so much.

Shaina:
When you are with your brother, do you talk about racing or do you like to talk about other things?

Alex Lowes:
We talk about bikes a lot, especially now because he is about to start a new chapter in his life in MotoGP and my bike is more similar to a MotoGP. So he's asking me many questions. But he normally talks about girls, that's it! For me, I speak about bikes, everything. Maybe 60% of the time we talk about bikes and 40% other things. We also train together in the gym and play golf. We're very competitive when we play golf! So we do many things together, not just bikes. It's fun. Sometimes it's good to forget about racing for a bit.

Shaina:
You play golf?

Alex Lowes:
Yeah, we do - and I am better than him! Don't forget to write that! [laughs]

Shaina:
As well as golf, what are your hobbies besides racing?

Alex Lowes:
I like doing a lot of motocross. When I'm home if I have a two-or-three week break I like to ride motocross. It's probably the thing I enjoy most outside of racing. If I can go to the gym in the morning and ride motocross with my brother after, it's like a perfect day for me. So I train a lot in the gym, play golf, ride motocross, race bikes - then I have a little bit of time for my girlfriend and that's it!

Shaina:
Did you ever swap with your brother when you were at school? Like if he was good at maths and you were good at science...

Alex Lowes:
The problem is we were in the same class at school, so we couldn't swap. We never really did anything serious, just some jokes with friends. When we were small it was harder to tell us apart, but now most of our friends find it easy to tell the difference. So it's difficult to play any tricks.

Shaina:
Maybe you can sometimes ride his bike and he can ride here?

Alex Lowes:
I should try it! We've never done it, but I'd like to ride with him again because it's been eight years since we rode together on the racetrack. A long time. Even just for a practice would be really nice. Maybe this year, we'll see.

Shaina:
Thank you very much. I'm really happy that I can have some time to interview you.

Alex Lowes:
No problem. I really enjoyed it. Thank you very much.

Unfortunately, Lowes fractured his collarbone in Sunday's wet second race, but will bravely try and ride in front of his home fans this weekend at Donington Park.
 

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