Lowes Re-Signs With Kawasaki Racing Team

Alex Lowes will remain an integral part of the Kawasaki Racing Team for the coming seasons, having agreed a new multi-year deal that will take him into his third year as an official Kawasaki WorldSBK rider. The contract signing was witnessed by Mr Masatoshi Yoshioka, Director of Corporate Planning Division, Kawasaki Motors Europe at the […]

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Alex Lowes will remain an integral part of the Kawasaki Racing Team for the coming seasons, having agreed a new multi-year deal that will take him into his third year as an official Kawasaki WorldSBK rider.

The contract signing was witnessed by Mr Masatoshi Yoshioka, Director of Corporate Planning Division, Kawasaki Motors Europe at the recent Assen round of the 2021 FIM WorldSBK Championship, where Alex retained his overall fourth place in the points table.

As well as returning as a full KRT Superbike rider next year Alex will also strengthen his bond with Kawasaki and his KRT squad as he and Jonathan Rea will be joined by 2021 Kawasaki superbike debutant, Lucas Mahias, to compete in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours race later this year.

With a race win and seven other podiums to his credit since he joined Kawasaki in 2019 Lowes continues to find a greater affinity with the new Ninja ZX-10RR, his team and his pit crew, led by Marcel Duinker.

Before the 2022 season there is the small matter of the rest of this year’s championship to go. Five rounds have been completed with a further eight to go, depending on local regulations around the global pandemic.

Alex Lowes, stated: “I am really happy to have signed once more with the Kawasaki Racing Team, the most successful team in the current era of WorldSBK.

After a strange first year in the team last year due to the global situation and with such a short season it has been good to start this year at some different tracks and I am understanding the bike a lot more. It has also been slightly frustrating this year because I feel like we started strongly but the results are not quite where we would want them to be right now. We have a lot of potential and I am still in the top four of the championship, close to the top three, which is the target for this year.

I will be working hard for the next few weeks to make that next step to be regularly challenging for the podium. Honestly, I feel like it is close, so with this team and all these guys around me – with the relationships we have been building – everything is in place now to push things forward.

I am really thankful to stay in the team next year, and proud of the faith that Kawasaki has shown in me. In our job there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than the results that you see on the track so I am really happy about this new deal with KRT. A massive thanks to all the guys behind the project, to Guim and Biel Roda, Steve Guttridge and all the people at KHI in Japan for believing in me again.”

KRT Manager, Guim Roda, concluded:
“Alex started with KRT during the Covid pandemic. He needed to learn quickly and concentrate on making championship points in those first three months; not easy. For 2021 he started the season strongly and we are all working to make those important steps to improve the performance of the overall package.

We are so happy to have Alex and he is highly motivated to continue with the KRT project. With this two-year agreement we are convinced that we will now build on these firm foundations to create the strongest package with him, Marcel, his Crew Chief, the Ninja ZX-10RR and the entire KRT organisation.”

2021 Alex Lowes Rider Statistics
Alex Lowes:

  • 2021: Races: 15, Wins 0, Podiums 4, Superpoles 0
  • Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)
  • Career Podiums: 28 (8 for Kawasaki)
  • Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)

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Race Winners Huertas And Booth-Amos Boost Their Title Hopes

The two leading riders in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship standings gave their individual championship hopes a positive bonus with a race win apiece at the third round of the series at Assen. In this closely contested series, designed for younger riders to show their skills and race craft at a relatively early age, […]

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The two leading riders in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship standings gave their individual championship hopes a positive bonus with a race win apiece at the third round of the series at Assen.

In this closely contested series, designed for younger riders to show their skills and race craft at a relatively early age, Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) and Tom Booth-Amos (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM Kawasaki) each scored a thrilling race win on their Ninja 400s, playing their part in another blisteringly successful weekend for riders in green.

Huertas extended his championship lead after two endlessly exciting and dramatic Assen contests, finishing first in Race One and then fifth in Race Two. He was made to drop positions in the second race after exceeding the track limits on the final lap – straying onto the green painted sections that mark the out-of-bounds areas of the racetrack. He was relegated to fifth at the end.

Booth-Amos was a contender in Race One on Saturday 24 July but he fell on the final lap, a piece of misfortune that made his dramatic last corner race win on Sunday all the sweeter.

Joining Huertas and Booth-Amos on the podiums were Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) and 2020 champion Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) in Race One and then the French duo of Hugo De Cancellis (Prodina Team Kawasaki) and Samuel De Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) in Race Two.

In the Superpole qualifying session on Saturday 24 July the highest placed Kawasaki rider was Buis, in second place, with Huertas third.

In the two 14-lap WorldSSP300 races, both held in dry conditions, the final laps were astonishing in the closeness of the action and the all-too-thrilling anti-climax for some top riders.

Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) was a race winner the recent Misano round but in Race One at Assen she fell on the final lap, as did Booth-Amos. Ana would finish 15th in Race Two, having been in contention as high as the top five. She crossed the line 14th but was given a penalty that put her into 15th place.

Both Huertas and Buis (the latter having led half the laps) were penalised for exceeding the track limits on the final lap of Race Two and were dropped from their podium finishing results – by two places each  – as a result. Buis was classified fourth, Huertas fifth.

Ninja 400 riders not only monopolised the podiums in each race, but in Race Two the first six riders home were on Kawasakis. in Race One it was the first four who rode on Ninja 400s, with Di Sora promoted to fourth behind Huertas, Meuffels and Buis when another rider was demoted for exceeding track limits.

Dorren Loureiro (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM Kawasaki) was seventh in Race One, but still only 1.480 seconds behind the race winner.

The even closer run battle in Race Two saw the top nine riders finish within 0.862 seconds of each other as Assen’s reputation as a great slipstreaming circuit was upheld. Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT), another Race One faller on Saturday, redeemed his weekend with a fighting sixth place on Sunday, at his team’s home circuit. He remains fourth overall in the championship.

Meuffels, also ‘pinged’ with a track limits penalty in Race Two, had been hit by another rider and dropped places, setting the fastest lap on his way back into top ten contention. He was ninth and the last Kawasaki rider inside the top ten places on Sunday. The action was so close from so many potential winners at the end of Race Two that it was inevitable that some riders would be penalised for exceeding track limits.

So many riders with the same front-running pace were trying to fit into too small a racing surface. Such is the cavalier action in this newest and often most exciting of World Championship classes.

With Huertas in particular enjoying his Assen weekend in terms of not just one strong result but consistency of points scoring, he now takes an 18 point lead away from Assen. In second place overall Booth-Amos clawed back important points in the ultimate championship fight in Race Two.

Samuel De Sora is third, Okaya fourth, Buis fifth, De Cancellis sixth, Meuffels seventh and Carrasco eighth. All the top eight riders in the championship are on Kawasaki machines, and every race this year has been won by a Kawasaki rider.

In the actual points tally Huertas has 108, Booth-Amos 90, Di Sora 64, Okaya 52, Buis 52, De Cancellis 49, Meuffels 44 and Carrasco 43. With five rounds and ten scheduled races to complete this season, the door is still wide open for any of the riders who have been pushing themselves forward – in all senses – in what has been a thrilling season so far.

The next round of the championship will be at a venue few if any of the WorldSSP300 riders will have raced at, Most in the Czech Republic. The fourth round will take place between 6-8 August 2021.

Adrian Huertas (MTM Motoport Kawasaki), stated: “I was very happy with my third win of the season. From the first practice session our pace was already good and this resulted in a third place in Superpole. Thanks to my team, because the bike was great. Unfortunately I finished just outside the podium in the second race due to a penalty. But the most important thing is that we scored good points for the championship and strengthened our leading position.”

Ana Carrasco (Provec Kawasaki Racing), stated: “The fall in Race One was a shame because I was very strong today. I made a good start and I was riding quite comfortably in the lead group. Physically I feel good, but I’m sorry I didn’t get a good result. Race Two was good, difficult as always with the madness of racing in this category, but I am very happy with the performance. After yesterday’s fall I think that today we faced the race well, we fought all the laps in the leading group and I felt good. In the end I came off the track and touched another rider and I lost a lot of positions. I honestly believe that the results of this weekend do not reflect the good work that the whole team has done over the weekend, but we must be positive and continue working for the next one. Most is next, and it is a new circuit for everyone, so we will try to take another step and return to the podium.”

Tom Booth-Amos (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM Kawasaki), stated: “Another crazy race on Sunday, just like very race here in WorldSSP300! It is always difficult to get the right moment to overtake and take the lead for the final run to the finish line so I think I did a good job today. It is a shame that I crashed in Race One. My own mistake really, but we learned from that and came back today for the win and got some more points back for the championship.”

Hugo De Cancellis (Prodina Team Kawasaki), stated: “I am very happy about Race Two because yesterday I crashed on the last lap while in fourth position. I can be happy to be on the podium today and I want to thank all my team, family and sponsors. It was very hard on the last lap and a bit crazy like all the races in this class. I feel good with the bike and the team are very professional so our work paid off. I am also happy for Samuel De Sora, two Frenchies on the podium is good for the French fans! Our target it to be on the final podium of the championship. We have to be more regular in our results and then we can see where we are in the championship.”

Samuel Di Sora, (Leader Team Flembbo), stated: “It was crazy today, as always, but I am happy with the result. In Race One we were fourth and we have managed to find a way to third place in the championship. Today was a good opportunity to reaffirm that position. Our pace was there and we had the possibility to have our first win – but it is always very difficult to place yourself in the right area in this crazy category. I am happy with a podium today and want to do at least as good as we did here in Most next time out. There are ten races left so in the championship anything is possible and we are not that far behind, less than two races in term so points. We can get there, we have the capacity to fight for the championship and we will work for that for sure.”

Jeffrey Buis (MTM Motoport Kawasaki), stated: “I had a good speed from the first practice session. I was able to set consistently good lap times and with the second time in Superpole, we had a good starting position for the races. It turned out to be a great race in front of my home crowd. I was in the lead a lot in both races. I was very happy with my first podium of the season, but I could have done more. In the second race I did everything I could to win, but I got pushed a few times on the green in the last lap. I was penalised for this and therefore unfortunately no second podium of the weekend. I’m happy with my races, but certainly not with the result in the second race.”

Koen Meuffels (MTM Motoport Kawasaki), stated: “I’m super happy with second place in the first race and to be on the podium in my home race. It was a very exciting race and that was to be expected on this track. I had to run wide a few times, but I managed to fight back every time. I was in the lead quite a bit as well. In the second race, after a few laps I was hit hard by another rider, which caused me to fall back a lot. After that I had a good pace and set the fastest race lap. I came back to the front just too late to compete for the podium. Not the position we were aiming for, but the pace is very positive and we will take that to the next races in Most.”

Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT), stated: “The bike felt very good here at Assen. I had to start from the back of the grid in the first race after a technical problem. I was very fast and managed to come to the front again. I was hoping to go for the win when a rider in front of me had a moment. I hit him and crashed. In the second race it was very difficult to pass other riders. I couldn’t show my potential from the first race. Sixth place isn’t so bad, but I was fighting for more.”

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Rea Perfect At Assen

Jonathan Rea took two more race wins on Sunday at the Assen round of the FIM Superbike World Championship to make it three victories from three starts and extend his championship lead. His KRT team mate Alex Lowes was sixth and then seventh today, putting in two battling rides after a crash in Race One […]

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Jonathan Rea took two more race wins on Sunday at the Assen round of the FIM Superbike World Championship to make it three victories from three starts and extend his championship lead. His KRT team mate Alex Lowes was sixth and then seventh today, putting in two battling rides after a crash in Race One on Saturday.
In the Tissot Superpole Race on Sunday Jonathan used all his experience to take the lead and then push on at a pace that none of his rivals could match, securing all 12 points on offer in the ten-lap ‘sprint’ race.

With two race wins to his credit at his favourite circuit Rea also had to work for his third, but like all his peers he was glad that the potential for more rain did not appear. Heavy overnight rain had delayed warm-up in the morning as there were some flooded areas around the track, but all the warm up sessions and races went ahead after a major clean up operation.

In race two Rea had to push his pace to overtake long time leader and series rookie Andrea Locatelli at the halfway point. Jonathan eased out his lead and finally won the 21-lap race by 1.605 seconds, from second place rider Scott Redding. Rea’s closest championship rival Toprak Razgatlioglu was involved in a first corner incident that saw him crash out and no-score.

Jonathan has now taken fully 15 race wins at Assen, three more than the next best total for any single rider at any particular racetrack. One more podium finish for Jonathan Rea will see him reach a career total of 200 top three results.

For Lowes it was a difficult Sunday after his first race fall but despite a small physical limitation he pushed as hard as he could and took a sixth place in the Tissot Superpole Race.

Seventh in race two gave Alex enough points to keep a clear fourth place in the overall championship rankings after five rounds of the season have been completed.

After one free weekend for the WorldSBK riders, Most in the Czech Republic will host the next round of the championship, between 6-8 August.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It was nice to make it three-from-three here at Assen. We achieved it after we changed the rear tyre choice from yesterday. With the overnight rain the track’s grip level was a little bit lower and the temperature was maybe three or four degrees lower. We figured that would be the crossover point to run the SC0. It was nice to win with the soft tyre choice yesterday and the standard race tyre option today. It is a massive testament to the guys in the pitbox and what they have done. We made quite a big chassis change in the set-up this weekend and it was easier to ride. You could see in my passes, I could put the bike where I wanted and it was very nimble, yet stable in the fast sections as well. I went over to see the flooding on the track first thing this morning, considering how much rain there was last night – and there was a lake on the inside of turn five! So massive respect to the track and everybody at Assen because they had lots of machines there, two fire trucks, three tankers and I think we were only delayed 45 minutes this morning. They did an incredible job.”

Alex Lowes, stated: “It was not an easy day or an easy weekend for us. I have had some physical restrictions which have been tough and this track is quite tough anyway, with lots of changes of direction. My tyre in Race Two was in better condition than Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s but the trouble was passing him. I did make a move on him and ran out wide, which allowed Michael van der Mark to pass, but in those last five or six laps I was getting held up a little bit. I could have maybe gone a bit quicker but I still enjoyed the battle through the second race. I was quite happy with sixth and seventh, as I was struggling quite a lot. That is a shame, but my target is to go out and rest and come back 100% for the next race at a new track in the Czech Republic. Sixth and seventh are not where I want to be finishing but all things considered, it was a better day than Saturday! This was the most we could do this weekend.”

Isaac Vinales (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 13th and then 14th today and Loris Cresson (TPR Outdo Kawasaki) 17th each time. Wildcard rider Andrea Mantovani (Vince64 Kawasaki) was 16th in each Sunday race, but scored two championship points for 14th on day one.

2021 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
2021: Races 15, Wins 8, Podiums 14, Superpoles 5
Career Race Wins: 107 (92 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 199 (157 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 32 (28 for Kawasaki)

Alex Lowes:
2021: Races: 15, Wins 0, Podiums 4, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 28 (8 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)

8 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
6 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)
5 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics:
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 166 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 472 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 97 – second overall

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