Kawasaki Racing Team rider Alex Lowes will not ride at the forthcoming tenth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at the Motorland Circuit in Spain.
After being forced out of the final two races at the previous round in France, and having an operation to remove the damaged meniscus from his left knee shortly afterwards, the decision has now been taken to withdraw Alex from the Motorland round.
The team’s regular test rider, Florian Marino, will take over the second official Ninja ZX-10RR machine this coming weekend, joining the overall KRT race weekend set-up alongside Jonathan Rea. Qualifying and race action will be held between 22-24 September.
“After Magny Cours I took the tough decision to go to Barcelona to have surgery on my knee - stated Alex Lowes - The operation went well. Since then I have been fully focused on my recovery and working as hard as possible. Physically, I feel good and in a position where I could ride. However the team have decided the best option is to wait for Portugal next weekend. I respect their decision and switch my focus toward supporting Florian, Jonathan and the team, while improving myself in time for the next event in Portimao. It’s a shame because I showed some strong speed in the recent Aragon test and Magny Cours weekend. But, they are behind us now, and it’s time to look forward and try to get on the podium again before the end of the 2023 season.”
“First of all I wish the best recovery to my friend and rider Alex Lowes - added Florian Marino - I know he will come back stronger and racing very soon. For me it’s a great opportunity as a test rider for KRT. I think this weekend will also help me to improve my understanding of the Kawasaki ZX-10RR and of course I can’t wait to work with the technical crew. Personally I have no expectation, I am just going to try to make the most of the opportunity for everyone involved. Thank you Kawasaki and Provec Racing for the trust!”
“We decided to make Alex rest at home for this round but he is training hard to be at 110% for the Portimao round - concluded Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager - Just nine days after a knee operation we didn't want to force his body into the stresses of racing, to let him recover correctly. We could keep one bike in the pit box for one race, but alongside KMC Japan we decided to give Florian a chance to race. He already has the test rider job for KRT, so he will run at Motorland and keep collecting data to develop the bike in real race conditions. It will be a good way to see the rhythm he is able to get to as he will keep working in the winter months to test items at the very top level.”