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Motorcycles Jonathan Rea: can Kawasaki benefit from Alex Lowes' Yamaha experience?

10:05  13 november  2019
10:05  13 november  2019 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Name Alex Lowes . Team KAWASAKI RACING TEAM WORLDSBK. Motorcycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR. Alex Lowes switches to the championship-winning Kawasaki Racing Team for the 2020 WorldSBK season, after six years of consistent progress onboard Suzuki and Yamaha machinery.

Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki team-mate Alex Lowes battle it out in Australia. Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea bounced back from an opening-race retirement with a win and a second place in Australia. Rea , 33, won Sunday's opening Superpole race after a last-corner overtake

Jonathan Rea und Alex Lowes duellierten sich zuletzt in Katar © LAT Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes last dueled in Qatar

Alex Lowes becomes Jonathan Rea's third team-mate within three years. Lowes comes from Yamaha and was involved in the development from the start of the current R1 project. This knowledge could also help Kawasaki to further refine the ZХ - $ - RR as part of the strict set of rules.

"I'm very excited. He comes from Yamaha. Their motorcycle has a very strong performance. He can contribute a lot of experience," predicts Rea, who gets on very well with Lowes: "He is a nice guy away from the racing scene too."

Alex Lowes, Jonathan Rea © LAT Alex Lowes, Jonathan Rea

"He will take a huge step in his career. I expect he will fight with me at the top," said Rea, who clashed with Lowes in Jerez: "He handled the situation super cool. He is really a nice guy and like Leon (Haslam) and Tom (Sykes) he will be a strong team mate. "

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After his tangle with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team), Jonathan Rea ( Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) has been handed penalties as a consequence. The four-time WorldSBK champion made a rash move on the Yamaha man at the final corner on the final lap, meaning that he has been

Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK have announced the hiring of Alex Lowes for the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season, officially confirming The Englishman will partner five-time WorldSBK Champion, Jonathan Rea , who enters the second season of a two-year deal signed in 2018.

Alex Lowes © LAT Alex Lowes Kawasaki deal is Alex Lowes' big chance

"I had no alternative and was lucky to get this place," admits Lowes, who had to make room for Toprak Razgatlioglu at Yamaha. Kawasaki is Lowes' best chance yet to grab the WSBK crown.

"Everyone thinks it's the best team and the best motorcycle. But Johnny Rea is in his best form at the moment. If he can't win, he will be second - regardless of whether it's mixed conditions or difficult conditions, he wins the races, "Lowes praises his team-mate.

"I'm excited to learn from him and understand it better. Of course I have to improve a lot. It will be a great opportunity for me to learn and improve," said Lowes.

Qatar duel gives a foretaste of 2020

In the WSBK season finale Qatar, the two British dueled for victory in round one. Lowes followed Rea like a shadow in the first half of the race and was able to study well in which areas the Kawasaki is better and what the Yamaha can do better.

"In some areas, my motorcycle worked better than Johnnys. But in the second part of the race I had a few problems with the front," analyzes Lowes, who now has a taste of what to expect in 2020: "I know the motorcycle a bit now better, yes, "he smiles.

At top speed, Kawasaki and Yamaha are at eye level. "I was able to keep up with Jonathan on the straight - no problem. I can't complain. My motorcycle (the Yamaha) went well. This year we made another step, even if we couldn't fight for the championship. The Yamaha has many strengths. I don’t think the Yamaha is lagging behind at top speed. The Ducati is obviously the leader, but the other machines are pretty similar, "Lowes estimates.

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