Lowes finished second, second and third respectively of three races at the Spanish venue last weekend, and even fought with BMW’s Michael van der Mark for victory in the second long distance race before the two were overtaken by Ducati rider Scott Redding on slick tires. .
This places the 30-year-old second in the championship behind teammate Jonathan Rea and marks a massive turnaround in his fortunes after a largely frustrating 2020 season.
While Lowes started his life at Kawasaki with a win and a podium at Philip Island after leaving Yamaha the previous winter, his results took a nosedive when the season resumed after a forced COVID-19 shutdown in August.
The British driver will no longer be on the podium before the penultimate round of the season at Magny-Cours and ends up finishing sixth in the championship with a little more than half of the points of his teammate Rea.
Lowes said he enjoyed the WSBK’s return to racing in Aragon after an extended offseason and was encouraged by his results on a track where he had never finished higher than third during his seven seasons in WSBK.
“To be here, to be in a racing vibe, it’s great,” said Lowes. “Honestly, last year after the lockdown I didn’t feel very good on the bike.
“I had a hard time really… ‘motivated’ is not the correct word because every time you are on the bike, you are motivated. But it wasn’t going quite well and I found it hard to appreciate it that much, and it was a little negative. Happy to be back, happy to ride a good bike.
“It was a fun race wrestling with Michael. We chose the intermediate tires, it was not the right choice but [in] race if you could look back we would all be world champions.
“But I felt pretty good on the bike, I had a good bike at the end, I played it a bit with a few adjustments to try to find a little more grip and I caught up with Jonny a bit.
“Three podiums to start the year on a track that I think I only had one podium in sprint with Yamaha [is impressive]. “
Lowes had a rough time in the middle of last year and the third and second places he secured at Magny-Cours were his only 2020 podium results since the season opened in Australia.
The Englishman says it’s too early to say he has regained the consistency he showed during his previous stint at Yamaha, but felt quick in all weather conditions in Aragon.
“It’s just a weekend, we have to wait for more weekends and see, but yeah it feels good on the bike which helps,” said the two-time WSBK winner. “If you know the bike you can handle the situation a bit better in the race. “
“[In the Superpole Race] in the middle of the wet, I felt good. In the dry I felt really good and in the mixed conditions we did a good job. In all these conditions with the bike, we understand what is going on and that puts me in a good position to move forward.
“I really enjoyed it, I have a big smile on my face and I’m happy to be back in the race.”