After missing most of the previous two rounds, Alex Lowes is hoping to complete his first full World Superbike round in nearly a month. 

Lowes, who suffered an injury in the final race of round nine in Catalunya, then elected not to ride in the second race at Jerez, before missing all three of the races in Portimao. 

The decision not to race in Portimao came as no surprise given the struggles Lowes encountered during Friday free practice, while it was also the final round of a triple header. 

But with nearly two weeks to rest before this weekend’s first WorldSBK round outside of Europe since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the British rider is ‘excited’ to get back underway after having worked extensively on the physical condition of his ‘hand and wrist’.

"It’s going to be great to do an overseas race for the first time since the pandemic started; big thanks to WorldSBK and everyone involved as I’m sure there has been a lot of organising going on to get us there!" added Lowes. 

"The layout of the Villicum track is one I really enjoy. I’ve been working hard to improve the condition of my hand and wrist and after missing most of the previous two events. 

"I’m excited to get back on the starting grid. The target as always is to be fighting for the podium, hopefully my physical condition allows me to do that as the last few events have confirmed we have the pace."

Kawasaki will also be hoping Lowes is ready to go for the final two rounds as they currently sit 38 points down on Yamaha in the teams championship.