Lowes Signs for Crescent Suzuki in 2014

It is official, after finally being allowed to announce it after his Samsung Honda deal had expired, Alex lowes has now signed with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki to partner Eugene Laverty in World Superbike's next year.

The reigning British Superbike Champion, and brother of WSS Champion Sam Lowes announced the news on twitter by saying:

Happy to announce that I will be riding for @crescent_racing this year, I can not wait for the new challenge #2014

The man who beat Shakey Byrne to the BSB title had this to add:

"This is just mega for me! I am coming to the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team off a great year and making a step up to the World Championship, it's just a fantastic opportunity and I can't wait to get started properly."

Although still under contract with the now defunct BSB Samsung Honda team, Alex had been testing for Crescent towards the end of last year, and immediately seemed to get on with the bike:

"I did a couple of shake-down tests to get to know my crew and the bike and I want to thank Honda for letting me do that, as it gave me an early insight into what WSB is like. The GSX-R felt great straight away, I think I will enjoy racing this bike a lot. I am really looking forward to the new season and I will try to learn as much as I can from Eugene and then try to beat him!

"I know this will be a learning year for me, but I am eagerly anticipating it. I also want to say thanks to Suzuki and Paul for giving me this opportunity, now it's time to repay their trust."

With Laverty and Lowes, Suzuki will mount a strong challenge in the 2014 WSB season which starts in under two months at Phillip Island, how do you think they will do?

 


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Ana Carrasco Signs with RW Racing for 2014

We are delighted to hear that the young spanish racing starlet Ana Carrasco has agreed terms with RW Racing GP, to ride in Moto3 for 2014.

The 16 year old really showed the world what she was capable of last year, improving throught a season, in which she finished all but one race. She also became the first ever woman to score points in the Moto3 class when she finished 15th in Malaysia, and the first woman to score points in any premier class since 2001 since Germany's Katja Poensgen.

She managed to qualify 7th for Phillip Island, and got her best finish of the campaign in the last race at Valencia, where she managed to finish in an incredible 8th, and ended the season in 21st overall with 9 points.

Next year she will be riding the Kalex KTM, and we are tipping her here at Bike World to be a future female World Champion. Obviously she has a lot of experience to gain, but she definitely has real pace out on track considering she was on a pretty standard bike, and with a better machine under her perhaps we could see her fighting for race wins in the near future?

Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen is delighted with his new rider: "Ana has proven to be a special talent. She showed some incredible things in her first year in Moto3 and we strongly believe we can help her to continue improving. She is a strong personality and willing to work to achieve the best. Of course it is special to have a girl in the team, but it will not make any difference. A talented rider is a talented rider and Ana is very talented. We are very happy with her coming to RW Racing GP.''


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Maria Costello Track Day Dates for 2014

Maria Costello has been very busy on the run up to Christmas.

After the success of this year, she has been busy planning more of her "Women's only Track days," one of which Suzy attended at Silverstone, and you can see how she got on here:

The idea is simple, to give women the chance to enjoy time on track and get instruction from Maria herself, as she has found a lot of women are not comfortable on normal track days as they can be so intimidating:

"My Woman on a Motorcycle (WOAM) Facebook group has grown rapidly in recent months and it's a great sounding board to see what women really want. The recurring theme appears to be the chance to take to the track and improve their riding skills in a controlled environment with instruction from yours truly. Not all women are comfortable with a traditional style track day, as some find it intimidating, so holding women only days means those ladies have an opportunity to do something that they wouldn't otherwise have tried. Anything that helps women get out on their bikes can only be good for motorcycling in general, so I'm looking forward to these opportunities for me and my team to provide guidance and tuition, both on and off the track."

The two dates that have been added are just the first to be announced for 2014, with more following, and are both at Silverstone, on the 10 April and 9 September.

If you want to find out more, and book a place on the days, simply visit here!

We will keep you posted about other dates as and when they get announced.

 


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Honda Pull Out of BSB

The news has been confirmed this morning that Honda will be leaving the BSB paddock for 2014.

Last years Championship winning team from Louth, has been struggling to sign a replacement for the 2013 Champion Alex Lowes, and were devastated when their sponsor Samsung also pulled out. The talk was that they were looking to sign runner up Shakey Byrne to spearhead their 2014 attack, but now they have chosen to sit the season out, stating sponsorship issues and a lack of being to sign a title winning rider as the basis for their decision.

We had heard rumours at Bike World this was happening, and while it is a shock that the title winning team won't be returning to defend their Championship, it seems to come at a time when Honda are restructuring their racing division. They recently ended their Honda TT Legends squad, which use to compete in both road races, and the Endurance World Championship, turning it into two separate teams.

The road side of things will still be managed from the base in Louth, and will be spearheaded by John McGuinness and Connor Cummins, while the EWC team will be completely separate, and field Freddy Foray, Julian Da Costa and Sebastien Gimbert. 

Honda say they are still going to be developing the Fireblade throughout 2014 and will take part in some wildcard rides in BSB, while the team members will be transferred over to their other racing squads.

Nick Campolucci, Head of Motorcycles, Honda (UK)said: "This is not a decision we have taken lightly and it was not our preferred option but we feel that given the cumulative circumstances, it is the best course of action for us at this time. Honda goes racing to win. Unless we have the right elements in place to achieve the success on track we know we are capable of, our preferred option is to re-evaluate and re-structure for a stronger and more aligned effort. The British Superbike Championship is very important to Honda UK and we plan a full return to the series in 2015."

It's a real shock to see such a big name pull out, especially just for a year, so what do you think this says about the state of racing nowadays?

 


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