Sam Lowes has joked that his much rumoured switch to the WorldSBK Championship in 2024 would at least provide an excellent opportunity for him to prove he is faster than his twin brother Alex.
There is growing speculation that Lowes will make the switch to WorldSBK together with Marc VDS Racing, which is understood to be in talks with Ducati to secure a customer supply of its title-winning Panigale V4 R.
While Lowes himself doesn’t give much away with regards to 2024, he intimates that he is open to a change of direction for his career and that WorldSBK would be the most logical destination.
“If you look at me and my career, I’m 32 years old now, so as much as I feel young, in this paddock it’s a little bit older,” he told WorldSBK.com after attending the recent Misano round.
“I know, even if there’s not a way back to MotoGP, I had a chance in the past that didn’t quite go how I expected. I won’t be going there. For me, it’s normal to be looking at that a bit. Alex is there.
“Maybe for next year, maybe in a couple of years, but definitely, in my career, I’d like to go there, have a go on a Superbike and if he’s there as well it’ll be fun.
“At the minute, it’s really early. I’m lucky to have a great team here and a great position. It’s just nice to go there, assess the situation a little bit but, at the minute, we’re only just into June so it’s early.”
The ex-Aprilia MotoGP rider is currently in the midst of his ninth season in the intermediate Moto2 category, a campaign of highs and lows thus far with his dominant tenth career victory at Jerez negated by costly incidents in the most recent Le Mans and Mugello rounds.
While Lowes has never competed in WorldSBK, he is familiar with the paddock through his title-winning success in the supporting WorldSSP Championship in 2013 on the Yakhnich Yamaha.
More exciting for him though is the prospect to finally go up against his twin brother Alex, a stalwart of the WorldSBK grid currently racing with the factory Kawasaki Racing Team.
“It’d be nice, we’re really close. It’s a good thing but also, I’ve been in Moto2™ for quite a long time now and the way for me to progress my career more would be to maybe make a bit of a change.
“That said, when you have weekends like Jerez and you’re fighting at Le Mans, it’s nice to be here in this paddock.
“For me and Alex, to race against each other so I can try and beat him and show that I’m the faster twin would be nice!”