Alex Lowes

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Alex Lowes
Alex Lowes - Phillip Island 2017.jpg
Lowes at Phillip Island in 2017
NationalityBritish
Born (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 30)
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Current teamKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Bike number22
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2016
ManufacturersYamaha
Championships0
2016 championship position24th (3 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
2 0 0 0 0 3
125cc World Championship
Active years2006
ManufacturersHonda
Championships0
2006 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0
Superbike World Championship
Active years2011, 2014
ManufacturersHonda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki
Championships0
2020 championship position6th (189 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
190 2 24 1 6 1426
Supersport World Championship
Active years2010
ManufacturersYamaha
Championships0
2010 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0
British Superbike Championship
Active years20102013
ManufacturersKTM, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha
Championships1 (2013)
2013 championship position1st (643 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
77 10 26 12 15 1288

Alexander Thomas "Alex" Lowes (born 14 September 1990) is an English motorcycle racer. He signed in October 2019 for the Kawasaki Racing Team in Superbike World Championship as team-mate to multi-world champion Jonathan Rea.[1]

He competed in World Superbike on a Yamaha YZF-R1 for Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, but learned of the loss of his position from 2020 to Toprak Razgatlioglu in August 2019.[2]

He won 2016, 2017 and 2018 Suzuka 8 Hours and was the 2013 title holder of the British Superbike Championship riding a Honda CBR1000RR for Samsung Honda.[3] He previously raced in the British Supersport Championship and the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. He is the identical twin brother of fellow rider Sam Lowes.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lincoln, England, Lowes began racing motorcycles at the age of 6 years old. In 1998 he switched to motorcross and raced there until 2001, racing in various championships around England. In 2002 he made the switch to road racing in the JRA Championship, racing a Cagiva finishing 2nd overall. In 2003 he raced in the Aprilia Superteen Championship despite only being 12 years old at the beginning of the season. Despite everybody else taking part in the championship being between the age of 13 to 19 years old, Lowes managed to finished 4th overall.

In 2004, he made the switch to the GP125 MRO Championship, he also raced in two events in the German championship, and one event in the British Championship, at the end of the year he finished runner-up in the GP125 championship, including a win in the Pembrey Circuit at Wales. Next year he switched to the British 125cc championship, racing there until 2006, he also made his debut in the 125cc World Championship racing as a wildcard in Donington Park but he did not finish the race, in 2007 he switched to the British Supersport Championship riding a Honda CBR600RR, he was the youngest racer in the Championship at the time making some good results like a 10th place in Thruxton and Croft, finishing behind various experienced racers in the championship.

Superstock Championship[edit]

For 2008, he switched to the European Superstock 600 championship riding a Kawasaki for Kawasaki Italia he had a best finish of 2nd, finishing 16th overall, in 2009 he switched to the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship riding a MV Agusta for the factory, but he struggled during the season, finishing in the points twice, and he and the team missed the final race of the season, due to MV Agusta owners Harley-Davidson putting the marque for sale. His struggles continued for 2010, when he signed with a new Suzuki team, but the team folded before the season began, after this he received an offer from Seton Tuning Yamaha team and he finished 12th in the final standings with 41 points, despite missing 3 races, he also made his British Superbike debut riding a KTM in the then new EVO class he finished 35th in the points scoring 1 point. He also made his debut as Wildcard in the World Supersport Championship riding a Yamaha,[4] for Silverstone but he retired due to an accident in the race.

British Superbike Championship[edit]

In 2011, he raced for four different teams in the year, he began the year with Team WFR in the EVO class riding a Honda, after 3 rounds with a best finish of 5th, he replaced Stuart Easton in the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team he had a best finish of 7th with the team,[5] later he replaced an injured Jonathan Rea in Ten Kate Racing for the Brno and Silverstone rounds,[6] He had a best finish of 15th in Brno in Race 1, but he retired in the next 3 races, returning to the British Championship, he lost his ride with the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team, he finished the season with the Motorpoint Yamaha team [7] finishing the season with 60 points with a best finish of 5th with WFR Honda and 7th with Motorpoint Yamaha.

For 2012 he returned to race with Team WFR in the championship,[8] he had a highly successful season finishing 4th making a double win at Silverstone Circuit and entering the championship Showdown he finished the season with 584 points.

For 2013 he joined Samsung Honda, the works team for Honda in BSB. He was highly successful, winning the championship over three-times champion Shane Byrne at the last race at Brands Hatch in October 2013. He then announced that he would be leaving BSB in 2014 to join the World Superbike Championship, resulting in Honda closing down their BSB team for 2014.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2010 KTM BHI BHI THR THR OUL
Ret
OUL
20
CAD
DNS
CAD
15
MAL MAL KNO KNO SNE SNE SNE BHGP BHGP BHGP CAD CAD CRO CRO SIL SIL OUL OUL OUL 35th 1
2011 Honda BHI
12
BHI
12
OUL
12
OUL
14
CRO
5
CRO
11
20th 60
Kawasaki THR
7
THR
Ret
KNO
Ret
KNO
DNS
SNE
16
SNE
DNS
OUL
13
OUL
C
BHGP
21
BHGP
20
BHGP
16
CAD
12
CAD
Ret
CAD
Ret
Yamaha DON
16
DON
Ret
SIL
7
SIL
12
BHGP
15
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
DNS
2012 Honda BHI
17
BHI
C
THR
22
THR
8
OUL
DNS
OUL
10
OUL
10
SNE
5
SNE
6
KNO
9
KNO
8
OUL
Ret
OUL
9
OUL
6
BHGP
7
BHGP
6
CAD
2
CAD
4
DON
6
DON
5
ASS
3
ASS
3
SIL
1
SIL
1
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
Ret
4th 584
2013 Honda BHI
2
BHI
2
THR
3
THR
2
OUL
1
OUL
3
KNO
Ret
KNO
4
SNE
1
SNE
2
BHGP
2
BHGP
3
OUL
3
OUL
Ret
OUL
3
CAD
1
CAD
1
DON
1
DON
1
ASS
1
ASS
DSQ
SIL
1
SIL
2
BHGP
2
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
2
1st 643

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
2010 Yamaha AUS POR SPA NED ITA RSA USA SMR CZE GBR
Ret
GER ITA FRA NC 0

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2011 Honda AUS AUS EUR EUR NED NED ITA ITA USA USA SMR SMR SPA SPA CZE
15
CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER GER ITA ITA FRA FRA POR POR 33rd 1
2014 Suzuki AUS
Ret
AUS
13
SPA
10
SPA
Ret
NED
9
NED
2
ITA
8
ITA
10
GBR
3
GBR
9
MAL
Ret
MAL
9
ITA
Ret
ITA
8
POR
6
POR
4
USA
8
USA
Ret
SPA
Ret
SPA
9
FRA
Ret
FRA
Ret
QAT
10
QAT
9
11th 139
2015 Suzuki AUS
9
AUS
Ret
THA
7
THA
3
SPA
NC
SPA
14
NED
Ret
NED
9
ITA
12
ITA
10
GBR
6
GBR
6
POR
10
POR
13
ITA
12
ITA
Ret
USA
6
USA
Ret
MAL
6
MAL
8
SPA
7
SPA
18
FRA
8
FRA
10
QAT
Ret
QAT
Ret
10th 135
2016 Yamaha AUS
Ret
AUS
14
THA
6
THA
Ret
SPA
8
SPA
9
NED
8
NED
7
ITA
11
ITA
6
MAL
5
MAL
Ret
GBR
DNS
GBR
DNS
ITA
13
ITA
8
USA
5
USA
14
GER
8
GER
Ret
FRA
11
FRA
19
SPA
Ret
SPA
7
QAT
7
QAT
10
12th 131
2017 Yamaha AUS
4
AUS
4
THA
6
THA
4
SPA
4
SPA
13
NED
Ret
NED
5
ITA
8
ITA
6
GBR
3
GBR
5
ITA
2
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
USA
9
GER
6
GER
5
POR
18
POR
Ret
FRA
5
FRA
2
SPA
4
SPA
4
QAT
Ret
QAT
3
5th 242
2018 Yamaha AUS
6
AUS
5
THA
5
THA
3
SPA
7
SPA
4
NED
12
NED
14
ITA
10
ITA
6
GBR
4
GBR
4
CZE
5
CZE
1
USA
3
USA
4
ITA
Ret
ITA
6
POR
10
POR
11
FRA
18
FRA
7
ARG
7
ARG
6
QAT
3
QAT
C
6th 248
Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2
2019 Yamaha AUS
4
AUS
4
AUS
5
THA
3
THA
3
THA
3
SPA
4
SPA
3
SPA
5
NED
4
NED
C
NED
4
ITA
7
ITA
5
ITA
C
SPA
16
SPA
Ret
SPA
14
ITA
Ret
ITA
2
ITA
4
GBR
5
GBR
6
GBR
4
USA
5
USA
6
USA
4
POR
7
POR
3
POR
4
FRA
6
FRA
6
FRA
3
ARG
5
ARG
5
ARG
6
QAT
3
QAT
3
QAT
4
3rd 341
2020 Kawasaki AUS
2
AUS
4
AUS
1
SPA
9
SPA
7
SPA
5
POR
4
POR
4
POR
Ret
SPA
Ret
SPA
6
SPA
9
SPA
6
SPA
6
SPA
5
SPA
9
SPA
7
SPA
8
FRA
3
FRA
2
FRA
9
POR
6
POR
Ret
POR
Ret
6th 189

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2006 125cc Honda Double Vision Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2016 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 24th
Total 3 0 0 0 0 3

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2006 125cc Honda SPA QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR
Ret
GER CZE MAL AUS JPN POR VAL NC 0
2016 MotoGP Yamaha QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER AUT CZE GBR
13
RSM
Ret
ARA
DNS
JPN AUS MAL VAL 24th 3

Suzuka 8 Hours results[edit]

Year Team Co-Riders Bike Pos
2015 Japan Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance Japan Takuya Tsuda
Australia Josh Waters
Suzuki GSX-R1000 5th
2016 Japan Yamaha Factory Racing Team Spain Pol Espargaró
Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2017 Japan Yamaha Factory Racing Team Netherlands Michael van der Mark
Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2018 Japan Yamaha Factory Racing Team Netherlands Michael van der Mark
Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2019 Japan Yamaha Factory Racing Team Netherlands Michael van der Mark
Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Yamaha YZF-R1 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowes named as Haslam replacement at Kawasaki crash.net, 11 October 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019
  2. ^ Yamaha drops Alex Lowes amidst big world SBK grid shake-up visordown. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019
  3. ^ Crash.net."Battle lines drawn as Kiyonari returns to BSB". 10 December 2012. Retrieved on 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ WorldSBK.com, "Full house of wild-card entries". 23 July 2010 Retrieved on 6 September 2013.
  5. ^ Crash.net,"Lowes gets MSS Stand-in seat". 23 May 2011. Retrieved on 5 September 2013.
  6. ^ WorldSBK.com. "Alex Lowes to replace Rea". 22 June 2011. Retrieved on 5 September 2013.
  7. ^ Crash.net. "Lowes chooses Motorpoint Yamaha". 2 September 2011. Retrieved on 5 September 2013.
  8. ^ Crash.net ."WFR eyeing title with young line-up". 16 November 2011. Retrieved on 5 September 2013.
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motogp/25351314

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