MSS Colchester Kawasaki have announced that they have parted company with stand-in rider Alex Lowes. The 20 year old has been substituting for the injured Stuart Easton on the ZX-10R machine after the Scotsman suffered serious injuries at the North West 200 but will not continue for the final three events of the season.

Lowes has certainly had an eventful year which has seen him go from the dominant leader to the EVO class, to racing in front of his home crowd in a World Superbike meeting for Castrol Honda, but this move looks set to end his season early.

A team statement described the split as “amicable” and Team Owner Nick Morgan hopes to see Lowes go on to greater success in the future.

“Alex is a very talented young rider but it might have been too big an ask to move up from Supersport to Evo to BSB and WSB, all in such a short space of time. We wish Alex every success in the future and look forward to seeing him around the paddock. To be honest we've also got to that point of the year already where we are looking at next season both in terms of the new rules and riders.”

The team have yet to confirm who will replace Lowes alongside Gary Mason for the final three meetings, if indeed they choose to do so.