Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 17 Feb 2015
Alex Lowes has said he is determined not to start this year’s World Superbike Championship with a repeat of last season’s opening round.
The youngster topped the timesheets in the final pre-season test ahead of this weekend’s first round but is not resting on his laurels. Last year the Briton was third fastest in the same test and went on to run at the front in free practice but later crashed and broke his ankle. While he still participated in the races, he took home just three points for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team.
“We’re approaching this year differently to last, as I almost ruined my season before the first race last year by crashing but this year I am determined not to do the same again,” said Lowes. “Obviously mistakes can happen but we’re working well.
The Lincolnshire-based rider admits he can get frustrated but says he’s trying to take a calm approach to this weekend’s first round.
“We took some good information and feedback from the test and I didn’t get frustrated when we had problems early on, I kept calm and went quite fast at the end.
“We got through a detailed test programme, there’s not too much that we wanted to try that we haven’t, so it’s been a difficult two days for the mechanics working me really hard. The GSX-R is pretty good now, we’ll make a few changes over the weekend depending on the temperature and have some minor things to try with electronics and the chassis but the biggest improvement still to come is from me and I know a few areas I can ride differently.
“I enjoyed it a lot, did a race-run, put a lot of effort in and tried to keep within the limits.”
The first round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship gets underway at Phillip Island this weekend, with the first free practice sessions kicking off on Friday.