Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes say they are looking forward to kicking off the new World Superbike season in earnest as they looks to re-establish Suzuki as a contender for race wins.

An all-new rider line-up for the sole Suzuki representative in World Superbikes, the Crescent Racing-run team has signed the 2013 WSBK runner-up Laverty and British Superbike champion Lowes in what is one of the more eye-catching pairings on the grid.

Though private testing has certainly proven positive for both riders as they adapt to the GSX-R1000, Laverty - a race winner at Phillip Island last season - is keen to see where the Suzuki fares compared with all of its rivals when official pre-season testing gets underway on Monday and Tuesday.

"I have fond memories of Phillip Island following my race win last year. I'd love nothing more than to start this season with a similar result but there are a lot of riders thinking the same thing! I've yet to do more than half race distance on the GSX-R1000 so it's difficult to know what's realistic at this point.

"We've had limited testing in Europe due to the intermittent weather and I'm looking forward to putting in some hot laps in the sunshine. I'm really excited to begin this new chapter with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team, they're an incredibly hard working team and I hope to reward everyone for their efforts over these past few months."

Lowes, meanwhile, will make his Phillip Island bow at the test, the youngster keen to get up to speed quickly and establish himself as competitive from the off.

"I'm really looking forward to Phillip Island. I can't wait to get back out on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R and start working hard to learn the new track. The official test will also give me more time to work with the team on both chassis and electronics, to get the bike set up so we're in the best place possible for race one!"

Suzuki hasn't won a World Superbike race since 2009, when Leon Haslam triumphed at Kyalami en route to second position in the overall standings.



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