Alex Lowes says he wants to make 'a proper start' to 2016 with Pata Yamaha and is anticipating a tough challenge in Thailand at a circuit which holds good memories for the British rider.

The 2013 British Superbike champion suffered a testing beginning to his first year with Yamaha at Phillip Island last month, after crashes dented his confidence Lowes retired from race one and finished a lowly 14th in race two to take just two points from the opening round.

Looking to put the disappointment of Australia behind him and start again in Thailand, Lowes heads to the Chang International Circuit where he enjoyed his best result with Crescent Suzuki in 2015 - a third place in race two.

"Chang has good memories for me from last year's race," Lowes said. "It's a relatively new circuit on the calendar this year, being only the second time World Superbike are visiting Thailand, and I can't wait to get started. I don't really have much to say from Phillip Island so I'm looking to make a proper start to my 2016 campaign at round two. I feel chilled and relaxed this week and really looking forward to it."

Lowes and Pata Yamaha team-mate Sylvain Guintoli will debut the YZF-R1 in Buriram after the Japanese manufacturer didn't enter the championship last year and feels his Crescent Racing squad has a large workload to get through to be competitive against its rivals.

"It will be a tough weekend with the heat and a brand new circuit for the YZF-R1 therefore we already have a lot of work to do from Friday's first free practice but it's going to be great," he said. "The people are all very welcoming and the support is great in Thailand so I'm sure everyone is as excited as me to get going."



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