News 26 Feb 2020
Lowes faced with set-up challenge ahead of Phillip Island
British contender reaches base setting in final session of testing.
Kawasaki Racing Team newcomer Alex Lowes admits he’s struggled to come to terms with his set-up at Phillip Island’s Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (Worldsbk) test, the British ace set to make his racing debut with the squad this weekend.
Lowes, who’s transferred from Pata Yamaha to Kawasaki for the 2020 season, revealed his feeling at the Australian venue wasn’t the same as what he experienced at the previous tests, prompting him to make a number set-up changes throughout the two days.
The number 22 was able to establish a base setting in the final session on Tuesday afternoon, promoting a hint of optimism leading into round one.
“Obviously it has not been as easy to find the right feeling and set-up on the bike as I would have liked coming here but also it is the first time on the bike on such a strange track layout,” Lowes explained.
“It is so fast here, with lots of changes of direction. How I felt on the bike earlier in the winter tests was not quite the same here, so we worked a bit on the set-up.
“I got a little bit frustrated a couple of times, made a couple of mistakes, but the last session it was a bit better and we have found a base set-up that I can go into the weekend with. I am looking forward to getting my first race weekend in green started in a few days from now.”
The opening practice sessions for WorldSBK kick off this Friday.