Lowes: I’ll be ready for SBK opener

Alex Lowes insists he’ll be ready for the first race of the World Superbikes calendar despite still nursing a shoulder injury.

The 25-year-old Englishman badly damaged his shoulder last November and he says he is excited about taking a full part in testing with his Pata Crescent Yamaha team at Portimao and Jerez this week.

“I still can’t lift my arm above my shoulder yet – but I’m going testing this weekend anyway to see how I get on,” Lowes told motorcyclenews.com.

“I expect to be fully fit for the first race though – and actually it’s been a blessing in disguise.

“I’ve had a chilled winter, and time to realise I need to take it steady as the team develops the bike into a race winner.”

However, while Lowes is keen to push himself in testing, he admits he is unsure how his injury will stand-up to the rigours of getting back on a bike.

“I’m intrigued to see how I can ride with my shoulder. If I can ride to a good level there are plenty of things we have to work through.

“If not, then I will get my head down with some more physio and concentrate on the start of the season in Australia.

“I can’t wait to get back on the R1 after such a great launch this week and if my shoulder feels ok then it’s going to be lots of fun!”