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HIGHS AND LOWES

Alex Lowes’ 2016 took a dive when he beat himself up at the end of 2015. The road to recovery has been long – and not without incident – but a recent win at the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour proved he’s now back on track…
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A lex Lowes should be as miserable as sin as I ask him to sum up his season so far (we initially spoke pre-Suzuka). A dream move to Yamaha’s nascentWSB squad – the manufacturer had been absent from the paddock since 2011 – soon ended in tears after an over enthusiastic twist of the wrist dispatched Lowes into the Jerez tundra. After fighting back from this injury sustained back in the end of November, literally getting back to full fitness, Lowes was back in A&E, this time in Malaysia after a race crash at Sepang battered his collarbone to the point of breaking.

After an injury hit season, Lowes has turned that frown upside down!

But Lowes has got an aura of cheeriness around him. Yes, he must get stroppy, and admits so if his results or performance has been a bit shit, but he looks like the sort of person that a fart gag, a clip on YouTube or just someone to bounce off, a twin perhaps, would get him back up smiling again.I found him at a Silverstone trackday in top form, desperate to get out in every session, happy to chat to fans and eager to take the piss out of anyone who deserved it.

Of course, it’s hard to talk about Alex without mentioning his twin’s name, Sam. And despite a few setbacks, it’s Alex’s older brother (by two minutes) who is having the better season in Moto2 – and graduating onto a MotoGP bike next year. But to dismiss Alex’s skills or season would be doing him a huge disservice because he has more talent, drive and determination in his little finger than all mere mortals.His season so far, however, has been a shocker. “Things didn’t kick off well,” says Lowes, almost wincing at the thought of what he was about to re-live, “and just when we wanted a solid pre-season on a new bike I found myself flicked up and off the bike at turn three at Jerez.It was my fault, only a small mistake, but I ended up with quite a serious arm injury –I’d fractured a bone in the top of my arm and needed a fair bit of work on it. Up until then we’d made some good progress, the bike was working well and things were looking up and we scored some decent times.”

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