Alex Lowes heads to Australia with high hopes with the final pre-season test ahead of the new World Superbike season 24 hours away. The Briton has impressed in the tests to take place in Europe and is keeping his fingers crossed that the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 remains competitive on the high-speed Phillip Island circuit.
“I’m really looking forward to getting the 2015 World Superbike season started with the official tests at Phillip Island. It’s a track and event that I really enjoyed last year so I can’t wait to get out there and continue the progress we have been making with the GSX-R and the Crescent Suzuki team over the winter. I’m feeling really calm and positive after the European tests last month and hope to transfer that to the track when we get to Australia.”
With his World Superbike debut just a week away, teammate Randy de Puniet is keen to make the most of the four two-hour sessions (two on Monday, two on Tuesday) before the competitive action starts on Friday.
“The test at Phillip Island is still very important for me as it will be two more days on the GSX-R1000, and the first time riding the bike at the track knowing we will race there at the end of that week. My aim for the two days is to feel more confident with the front of the bike and to run race simulation to get a feel for the tyres under this distance. It is the last chance for us to work together to take further steps to be competitive but I’m confident, I like the track and the bike has proved to be consistently fast there before.”