English rider set to partner reigning champion Jonathan Rea next year
Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK have announced the hiring of Alex Lowes for the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season, officially confirming one of the most exciting rider lineups in the series. The Englishman will partner five-time WorldSBK Champion, Jonathan Rea, who enters the second season of a two-year deal signed in 2018. Currently sitting third in the 2019 standings, Lowes will aim to challenge his new teammate for the 2020 title in what will be his seventh full season in WorldSBK.
Lowes came into WorldSBK in 2011 as a 20-year-old, replacing Jonathan Rea at the Czech round that season and scoring points on his debut. Having replaced Ruben Xaus at the following round, it would be three years until Alex Lowes would be back on a World Superbike grid, this time as a full-time rider. Welcomed into the Crescent Racing family as a British Superbike champion, Lowes would take two podiums in his first full-time season, with a best result of second. He placed 11th overall.
He remained with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team in 2015, where he climbed to tenth in the championship, adding to his podium count with a third in Race 2 at the first ever Thai round of WorldSBK. 14 top-ten placings and fewer retirements than in his debut season, Lowes remained with the team for the next year, although the team themselves would end their long and illustrious partnership with Suzuki and switched to Yamaha.
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