Having finished the 2019 WorldSBK season in third place overall - recording the best championship ranking of his career to date - Alex Lowes was a tempting choice for the official KRT squad to be part of the factory rider line up ahead of another new campaign.
Lowes secured his status of third in the championship in 2019 at the very last round, showing a cool head and big heart again when it mattered most. Not so surprising; not for a former British Superbike champion and a three-time winner of the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hours EWC race. Lowes continues to learn and mature with every passing season.
Lowes’ arrival in the KRT set-up for 2020 is the latest step in a long career, with Alex now 29 years of age. The twin brother of former WorldSSP champion and Moto2 race winner Sam, Alex Lowes started out road racing in the JRA Championship in his native Britain. In 2003 he took part in the one-make Superteen championship, which at that time was seen as a hotbed for developing young British talent.
After a season of club racing in 2004 the British 125cc championship beckoned in 2005 and 2006. With almost every race class becoming a four-stroke formula at this stage Lowes took in a season of British Supersport 600 racing in 2007 before an ambitious move into international competition.
One year in the Superstock 600 Championship and the next in the Superstock 1000 Championship – European-based support classes inside the WorldSBK paddock - gave Alex valuable experience that he took into the British Supersport championship in 2010. That same season he also had his first BSB experiences before taking part in three successive national Superbike championships between 2011 and 2013.
Finishing first 20th, then fourth and finally as champion, Lowes proved all he could on the national scene before returning to the Superbike World Championship, this time as a full time rider inside the official Suzuki team.
His first WorldSBK podiums occured in the 2014 and 2015 campaigns; initially at well-known circuits for Alex like Assen and Donington, then at the new venue of Buriram in Thailand.
A change of manufacturer saw Lowes compete for the past four years in Yamaha colours, scoring a further 17 podiums, including his breakthrough win at Brno in 2018. He even enjoyed two MotoGP race experiences in 2016, scoring points in one race.
As well as his increasing WorldSBK abilities Lowes has also proven himself a true star in the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour race, having won it three times in succession from 2016 onwards.
A season-best nine WorldSBK podiums in 2019, added to his career-best third place overall making Alex an understandable choice for Kawasaki’s official effort in the 2020 season.
Now inside a Kawasaki WorldSBK set-up that has garnered five straight championship wins in all possible categories – riders’, manufacturers’ and teams’ – Lowes will never have a better chance to show his full capabilities at the highest level of production-derived racing.