News 23 Jun 2011

Alex Lowes confirmed to replace Rea at Castrol Honda for Brno

Alex Lowes, who was standing in for Stuart Easton on the Kawasaki BSB team, will now ride for Castrol Honda in WSBK at Brno.

Alex Lowes, who was standing in for Stuart Easton on the Kawasaki BSB team, will now ride for Castrol Honda in WSBK at Brno.

The Castrol Honda team has announced that Britain’s Alex Lowes is to replace its injured rider Jonathan Rea for the eighth round of the World Superbike championship at Brno in the Czech Republic on 7-9 July.

Rea, 24, sustained a fracture and ligament damage to his right arm and wrist in a warm-up crash at Misano in Italy last week and faces an intense period of rehabilitation and recovery.

Lowes is currently competing in the British Superbike championship. Having started the season in the ‘Evo’ class on a Honda CBR1000RR, the 20-year-old from Lincoln recently moved up to full superbike specification to replace injured Kawasaki rider Stuart Easton.

Lowes took a spectacular pole position in his first British Superbike ride last month at Thruxton.

“The first thing I want to say is that I hope Jonathan’s injuries heal quickly and that he’s back on the bike soon,” Lowes said. “It’s never ideal getting a ride because another rider has been hurt, but it’s now happened to me twice this season.

“Having said that, this is an incredible opportunity for me – I keep pinching myself because I’m riding for one of the world’s best race teams in the World Superbike championship.

“I know I have a lot to learn but I want to make the most of this and repay Castrol, Honda and the whole team for the faith they’ve shown in me.”

Castrol Honda team manager Ronald ten Kate welcomed him to the team.

“At the beginning of this season, Alex made quite a stunning impression riding an Evo specification Honda in the British Superbike championship,” ten Kate said. “Of course, we’re grateful to his current team – MSS Kawasaki – for releasing him to us at this stage of the season.

“The combination of Alex’s sheer riding ability, his young age and a strong ambition to move up to world championship racing make us believe that he will be an ideal substitute while Jonathan is recuperating from his injuries.

“We hope he can quickly adapt to the SBK specification CBR1000RR and show some of his raw speed on a world stage.”

Along with his twin brother Sam, who rides for the Parkalgar Honda World Supersport team, Lowes contested the European Superstock championships in 2008 and 2009 and is familiar with Brno and other WSBK circuits.