Alex Lowes set for decision day after BSB glory
New British Superbike champion Alex Lowes admits he faces a crucial decision as he prepares to unveil his destination for 2014.
The Lincoln rider was a man in demand even before he clinched the BSB crown in dramatic fashion at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Lowes wants to enter world championship racing in World Superbikes, MotoGP or Moto2 and is believed to have options in all three.
MotoGP outfit Paul Bird Motorsport remain leading contenders for his signature, but Lowes insists he has not yet signed for Cumbria-based team.
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“I haven’t signed for anyone yet, but I hope to know what I’m doing by the end of the week,” said the 23-year-old.
“I want to ride at world championship level, but it’s got to be with the right team as this decision will probably shape my career for the next couple of years. It’s a big decision.”
Lowes says it is unlikely, although not out of the question, that he could remain with his title-winning Samsung Honda squad in BSB.
In a perfect world, he would step up to World Superbikes with the Louth-based team.
“I’ve loved being with the team and, ideally, I would like to step up to the world championship with them, but I know the reasons why they can’t,” added Lowes.
“The team has been fantastic and I’ve made some great friends there that I’ll always keep.
“When I move on, there will be no hard feelings from them, they understand what I want to do.”
Lowes also reserved praise for the man he pipped to the BSB crown, three-time champion Shane Byrne.
The pair embraced immediately after the race and have remained firm friends despite their titanic scrap for the title.
He added: “Me and Shakey (Byrne) have got a lot a respect for each other.
“We’ve got a good relationship and to beat him twice at his home track was extra
How they finished
1 Alex Lowes 643
2 Shane Byrne 636
3 Josh Brookes 621
4 James Ellison 589
5 James Westmoreland 564
6 Ryuichi Kiyonari 522