Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team manager Paul Denning believes Alex Lowes can put the lessons learned during his maiden World Superbike Championship season to good use when he returns with the team for the 2015 season.

The 2013 British Superbike Champion stepped up to WSBK in 2014 with the Suzuki team and has shown flashes of brilliance on the GSX-R1000, scoring podiums at Assen and Donington Park, while his general pace has been good enough to match experienced team-mate Eugene Laverty at times too.

Though errors and injuries have cast a shadow on Lowes's debut campaign at times, Denning has full faith that he can emerge as consistent front runner in 2015.

"[I expect] Consistency and fewer errors in the races," he told Crash.net. "We need to finish the races and rack up the points where we can. There are many things we can improve in the team on the bike, but Alex can improve in himself.

"Even if we didn't try and improve anything, just having that second year experience is night and day. So with the same bike and knowing the tracks, I think he will take a big step and I think he can challenge consistently in the front group."

Denning has also expressed his pride at seeing Laverty move on to MotoGP next season having concluded a deal with Aspar Honda, even if he is sad to see him leave after just a single season.

"I am happy on a personal note for him because he is a good enough rider to be in MotoGP and I think he will acquit himself well," he continued. "I think his riding style will suit those bikes very well, being very precise and calculated. He has already used the Bridgestones on the Suzuki GP bike this year without any problems, so I think he'll go well. From a team point of view, we are disappointed to lose him."

Laverty will be replaced by Suzuki MotoGP test rider Randy de Puniet, who will line up alongside Lowes.



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