Alex Lowes completed his first World Superbike test as the lead Kawasaki rider at the Jerez Test and found some improvements with the new parts.
It is no secret that Kawasaki and Alex Lowes did not have a great 2023 WorldSBK season, and Lowes' year ended on a sour note as he got banged up in a crash at Jerez.
However, despite his nasty crash the 33-year-old pushed on and took part in the post season test. Lowes now finds himself as the lead Kawasaki rider as Jonathan Rea has moved on to Yamaha, but the British rider sounded rather upbeat after the test.
"It was really important for me after the crash on the weekend to be able to test," said Lowes. "Because with Johnny moving on I am the only guy who has got experience on the Kawasaki to back-to-back the new items.
"I was a bit worried on Sunday that I was not going to be in too good condition to ride, my eyes and face were ok, a bit uncomfortable, but we managed to get 70 laps in and worked hard on some new parts.
"We tried some 2024 items, some positives and some negatives, but in general it has been good. We needed this dry weather and these laps today, I feel a lot happier going into the winter now."
Lowes will also be joined by a new team-mate for the 2024 season. The latest arrival to Kawasaki is, Axel Bassani, the Italian has spent the last three years on a Ducati and did not have the easiest opening test at Kawasaki.