WSBK Superbike Interview Alex Lowes: “For me Bautista, Rea and Toprak are the strongest riders at WorldSBK 2022” – MotoGP


From Ana Puerto /

Alex Lowes (Lincoln, September 14, 1990) completed his second season with the Kawasaki Racing Team in WorldSBK after a good run with Pata Yamaha.

The Briton was able to win the Kawasaki in race 2 of the Australian round in 2020, as well as battling consistently in the top group and achieving several good results, including three podiums in 2020 and five podiums in the 2021 season. 2022, he wants to continue to improve at the helm of the Japanese company’s motorcycle.

You have concluded your second season with Kawasaki: what do you think of the team?

Alex Lowes: ” I feel very good with the team. The relationship is getting better and better with the technical director, with the mechanics, the engineers… It’s always better, I feel very happy with the team. Obviously the results this year were not very good because it was a difficult season, with a few injuries, but I feel good support from the team. Our relationship is very, very good.

You’ve only managed to win with this bike once – what do you think you need to do to do it more often?

Yes, I only won once and that was a long time ago… But I think the races this year were fiercely contested, and unfortunately I was not in good health this year and couldn’t quite know how I felt on the engine. But we can’t wait to be in 2022 and win some races.

How is your relationship with Jonathan Rea as a teammate?

My relationship with Johnny is good on the track. In the booth we talk about the bike and we have the same impressions about what we want to improve. And off the track, our relationship is good, a very professional relationship.

This year there were many riders in the leading group, from champion Toprak to Johnny and other young riders such as Gerloff, Locatelli or Rinaldi. Who do you think you’ll be there in 2022 now that Bautista also returns to Ducati?

For me, the championship contenders are Bautista, who has returned to Ducati, and I think the bike and package will be very strong, Toprak, who recently became champion and has that confidence, and Johnny who will always be there. For me these are the three strongest riders for 2022 and I hope to meet them [en piste].

How are you approaching the preseason?

My goals for the preseason are to get better [sur le plan de la santé] and healed my shoulder injury 100%, also improving the bike for the 2022 season.

There have been some schedule changes, with Jerez gone but Indonesia and Most retained, and Phillip Island’s planned return. What do you think ? Would you like to change something?

Yes, Jerez is not on the calendar and it is a track where we have driven a lot and which I like. But Indonesia was a big track and Most was more complicated and technical. I wouldn’t change because I think the schedule for next season is very good, with very different tracks, and at the end of the year it will be exciting.

You finished eighth in the championship, did you expect better?

Of course I expected more than eighth place in the championship. But if you look at the situation when I got injured the second time, I was fourth in the championship and the last few heats were very close. It wasn’t the position I was hoping for this year, and clearly it wasn’t what we were looking for, we wanted to be a little bit better in 2022.

What are your goals for 2022?

My goal for 2022 is to be in the top 3 of the championship and fight for the podium places every weekend. This is what I hope for and this is what I will strive for in 2022. I will continue to work hard and have fun with the Kawasaki Racing Team. “

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