Alex Lowes: I can't let Sam have all the bragging rights!
Not that he needed one, but Alex Lowes has an extra incentive to secure the British Superbike title this weekend.
“Sam won his title so I don’t want him to have all the bragging rights over the winter. I can’t have that!” joked Alex.
The Lincoln rider is on the brink of completing a memorable double for the Lowes family after his twin brother wrapped up the World Supersport crown earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Alex is set for a final round cliffhanger at Brands Hatch this weekend.
The 23-year-old trails three-time champion and BSB legend Shane Byrne by just a point going into the three-race shootout at the Kent circuit.
Despite the magnitude of the occasion, Alex is in relaxed mood. His state of mind has been helped by Sam clinching his title with a round to spare.
If not, both brothers would have been fighting for their respective titles on the same day, an excruciating thought for their parents.
However, Sam will ride in Jerez this weekend with the pressure off before joining Moto2 outfit Speed Up in 2014.
“At the last round, at Silverstone, I was riding while Sam was winning the title in France,” added the Samsung Honda rider.
“That was good in a way because I get very nervous watching Sam race.
“In fact, I get more nervous watching him race than I do about my races. It’s because I’ve no control over his race while I can do something about mine.
“So it’s good that Sam has got the title in the bag. It means he’s been more relaxed and that has rubbed off on me.”
While James Ellison and Josh Brookes are not completely out of the title hunt, this weekend will see a straight shootout between Alex and Rapid Solicitors’ Byrne.
With a superb record at Brands, Byrne is many people’s favourite for the title.
But Alex insists he is unfazed by Byrne’s pedigree at his home track.
“People talk about Shakey’s record at Brands so the pressure is on him more than it is on me,” he added.
“I’m not worried about his record there because I’ve gone well there too. I’ve been in pole and had a couple of close second places so it’s good track for me too.”