Lowes’ second season with Kawasaki in 2021 ended prematurely as a result of a spate of crashes, with the British rider injuring his wrist at Barcelona after which struggling one other incident on his comeback on the new Mandalika circuit.
It contributed to Kawasaki slipping to 3rd place within the producers’ standings final yr after its run of six world titles, regardless of each Yamaha and Ducati having comparatively inexperienced ‘quantity two’ riders of their respective line-ups.
Since making a full restoration from his accidents over the winter, Lowes has been constantly difficult for top-five outcomes this yr, ending fourth within the remaining Estoril race final month behind teammate Jonathan Rea, Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista and Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu.
Whereas nonetheless chasing a primary podium of the season as the highest three riders in WSBK proceed to function in a unique class to the remainder of the sector, Lowes has been inspired by how he’s been in a position to race usually behind the same old podium runners in 2022 thus far.
“Final yr was so laborious, I used to be injured all yr and I by no means felt good on the bike even when I had some good races and stuff,” stated the 31-year-old, who gained on his debut weekend with Kawasaki again in 2020 at Phillip Island.
“This winter I felt loads higher. My confidence is slowly coming again, I’ve been working laborious with the group.
“Particularly races just like the [Superpole race at Estoril], the place I used to be tenth or eleventh in apply, to not make a mistake, and to just accept the place I’m in, construct my confidence, so once I can arrive to battle with the [top] guys constantly, I’ve received the foundations to do it on a regular basis, not only one race.
“I do know I can go quick, I’ve all the time been in a position to go quick. That’s what we’re engaged on and it feels prefer it’s approaching fairly effectively. It’s tougher now [because] everyone seems to be nearer in Superbike now.”
Alex Lowes, Kawasaki Racing Workforce WSBK
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Photos
Lowes sits seventh within the championship after the opening three rounds of the season on 54 factors, simply six factors adrift of his Ducati counterpart Michael Ruben Rinaldi however 20 factors behind Yamaha’s second rider Andrea Locatelli.
Nonetheless, Lowes feels his championship place is closely skewed by a double retirement at Assen as a result of technical issues, with a crash within the opening Aragon race additionally not serving to his trigger.
“The beginning of the season appears to be like worse [than it is], for those who take out the 2 DNFs at Assen, I’ve been fairly constant all yr,” he stated.
“The bottom setting we had from the winter and the primary two rounds didn’t work right here [at Estoril], but it surely’s an odd monitor, it’s tight and also you want the bike a bit extra ‘on the nostril’ to show. As soon as we received that labored out, the bike’s been feeling good.“
Lowes’ upturn in efficiency has put Kawasaki simply 4 factors behind Ducati within the producers’ standings, with Yamaha a distant third within the championship after a winless begin to the season.
Teammate Jonathan Rea is locked in a decent battle with Bautista and reigning champion Razgatlioglu within the riders’ championship, sitting second between the 2 on 144 factors in comparison with 161 for Bautista and 109 for Razgatlioglu.