After starting his career in the Supersport, and having raced for 10 years in the World Championship (nine in the Moto2, with one season in the MotoGP with Aprilia), Sam Lowes is starting a new chapter in the SBK. The British rider will riding in 2024 with a Ducati on the Marc VDS team, which will be making its debut in the Superbike. To get to know the Panigale V4 and the team, Sam took to the track yesterday for a test in Jerez. The conditions weren’t the best (with a max temperature of 14° C.), and the rain on Monday didn’t help either, so he started the day on wet tires and then switched to slicks in the afternoon.
“I started with a lot of emotions and expectations. I absolutely wanted to ride the Ducati and make my debut in the SBK, but the conditions weren’t ideal,” Lowes commented. “Before going out for the first lap on the wet track, I was very nervous. But, after three laps, I had a big smile on my face, because the bike was very easy to ride, and it quickly gave me confidence. I immediately felt at home with my new team. They were able to explain where I need to focus to be fast on a Superbike, but also to tell me what I was doing well.”
Sam has to obviously find new automatisms on the bike.
“I have to change my style after a long time in the Moto2, but we have to proceed gradually,” he continued. “I definitely have to control my braking, but I like the bike, it does some things incredibly well, and it’s great to ride, and the speed is really impressive. I kept putting gears, but the bike just wanted to keep accelerating, and I was impressed with how well the electronics handle the performance of the used tires. I can’t wait to race in 2024. I know that the level is very high in the SBK, but this test convinced me that we can be competitive, because I know that there’s great room for improvement. It was a huge effort on the part of the whole team and of Ducati to take have me test before Christmas, so I’m very grateful for that. Now I’m going to enjoy a little break, but I’m ready to go in 2024.”