Alex Lowes will continue to deputise for Jonathan Rea at Castrol Honda next weekend, giving him the dream opportunity to race in a World Superbike meeting at Silverstone.
The Lincoln youngster has been plying his trade in the British Championship for MSS Colchester Kawasaki but was handed the opportunity to compete on the world stage at Brno after Rea suffered a fracture and ligament damage to his arm and wrist at Misano.
With Rea still recovering, Lowes will ride the CBR1000RR at the home of British motorsport, capping a stunning rise for the 20 year old in 2011.
“It’s been quite an amazing year for me and I’m really looking forward to riding the Castrol Honda at Silverstone”, Lowes said.” It will only be my second outing on the CBR, so I’ve still got a lot to learn, but the chance to ride with this team on this bike in front of a home crowd is one that I never dreamed would be possible. I know that Jonathan has had some good results at Silverstone so I’ll be trying my hardest to give the crowd something to cheer about next weekend.”
Rea was having a strong campaign before his heavy crash at Misano with the Northern Irishman taking an impressive victory at Assen back in April. Although he is disappointed to sit out both races, Rea will still be attending the event and is looking forward to meeting the British fans.
“I’m so disappointed not to be racing at Silverstone, especially after going to the opening of the amazing new Wing complex in May. But I just got the pins out of my wrist this week, so I need a few weeks of training and physio before I can ride again. I’ve got a great support network around me, so I’ll be working as hard as I can with the guys to get back as soon as possible. Of course, it’s always good to race in front of your home fans and the Silverstone crowd is always very vocal and enthusiastic. At least I’ll have the chance to say hello to some of them as I’ll be around most of the weekend working with Castrol and Honda.”
Tickets are still available with advance tickets starting from just £20. Paddock and Pit Lane passes also available to purchase in advance. For further information, or to book tickets, visit www.silverstone.co.uk or call 0844 3728 260.