Introducing the Alex Lowes WorldSBK blog!
World Superbike frontrunner and Donington Park local, Alex Lowes, will be writing a regular blog on the Donington Park website in the weeks and months leading up to the only UK round of the championship at Donington on 26-28 May.
Lowes, who lives in Derby and won the MCE British Superbike title in 2013, is preparing for his fourth full season at world level, riding again for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team with Rizla. In his first blog post, Lowes talks about a special Christmas with his family, pre-season training and testing at Jerez and Portimao. We’ll hand you over to the man himself:
Hello everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and happy New Year from me. Donington Park have asked me to start a blog to keep you all posted on what’s going on behind-the-scenes of the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team with Rizla, the progress of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, and more importantly the build up to my home race at Donington Park this coming May! So here goes…
This winter was great for me. In December I got engaged to my girlfriend and now fiancée Corinne, she’s a gem and I am very lucky, then of course we had a nice Christmas with the family. I appreciate it when we all get together, my parents and my brother, because with his busy schedule of MotoGP™ and Sam now living in the Isle of Man we don’t get as much time together as I would like. However, we have started the year by planning three weeks together in Spain for a sort of training camp - cycling, running, riding Motocross, Supermoto and pit bikes. I have really enjoyed it, especially because last winter 2015/2016 we had planned a similar thing, but due to a pre-season crash in Jerez I was injured with my shoulder and missed out – my brother and our good friend Leon Haslam still went!!
This year Leon also joined us for the last 10 days. We are all good friends, training for the same job and ultra-competitive which definitely helps bring out the best in us. Something that we also all like to do away from the track is play golf. It’s a long way from the high speed and adrenaline of racing our bikes but it’s a game we have all got into. The banter is pretty strong and if we get near the end of the game and the scores are tight then there isn’t much talking going on!
I have just finished my first two winter tests of 2017, at Jerez and Portimao, and they both went really well. I didn’t quite go as fast as I would have liked but I completed two good race simulations and I’m really happy with my times and consistency. It was nice to see how much work all the guys have put in over this winter with the YZF-R1, even though the break is so short in our championship! We have already managed to test and work on many new parts for this year and still have more to try for the final pre-season test in Australia. I feel like this year is a very big year for me to prove what I can do but I already feel very motivated, happy with the team and I’m enjoying my riding, so honestly I can’t wait for round one at Phillip Island in just a few weeks’ time.
I will check back in with you prior to the first race in Australia but I want to send massive thanks to you guys for all the support I get. It really means the world to me, so please let’s continue that into this year with my quest to get back up-front where I belong. Team 22!
Take it easy
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