Reigning British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes has signed to stay with the Voltcom Suzuki World Superbike team into the 2015 season.
The Derby-based youngster has already been on the podium in his debut year and believes that with a full year under his belt he can begin to climb the ranks in a second season. The team have lost Eugene Laverty to MotoGP next year so who Lowes' team-mate will be is yet to be confirmed.
Leon Haslam was involved in lengthy negotiations with the squad last year and Sylvain Guintoli was also set to join Paul Denning's operation before pulling off his Aprilia deal. Former employee Leon Camier is still looking for the right ride but it isn't clear whether the former BSB champ and Denning are on good terms following his late replacement by Laverty.
“My first year with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki in the World Championship hasn’t always been easy but overall it’s been great! You learn a lot about yourself and the team when things don’t quite go right and now at this stage of the year we know exactly where we need to improve, both on and off track. I’m really enjoying my riding again after some injuries early in the year and looking forward to continuing my improvement and being more consistent in 2015," said Lowes.
“The World Superbike Championship is a fantastic series to race in, it’s been great to race at so many new tracks but it has also meant I’ve had a lot to learn! My second year will allow me the opportunity to continue my development with the benefit of a year’s experience, so I’m really looking forward to the next stage in my career.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team and all the sponsors and partners for their continued faith in me, bringing me up from BSB Champion to the World level and continuing that support into my second year as a World Championship racer. I’m confident we can challenge at the front with the Suzuki GSX-R next year and will be aiming, as ever, to achieve my very best for all involved.”