Kawasaki World Superbike rider Alex Lowes has injured his shoulder in a flat track training crash and will miss a test at Jerez this week as a result.
Lowes will be remaining with Kawasaki for a second season in 2021 having joined from Yamaha last year, winning on his debut weekend in the second Phillip Island feature race and scoring three further podiums on his way to sixth in the standings.
Kawasaki revealed on the eve of more pre-season testing at Jerez beginning on Thursday Lowes “damaged” his shoulder and faces a recovery period of up to three weeks.
A brief statement from a Kawasaki spokesperson said: “Alex crashed training Flat Track in his personal winter test program, and because he damaged a bit the shoulder, doctors recommend he rest for two or three weeks.
“So, we prefer to not force him. Soon [he] will be on the bike, and this is just a small stone on the way to success.”
Lowes’ injury marks yet further disruption to Kawasaki’s testing programme of its new ZX-100RR, after it had to abandon running at Jerez last month due to poor weather.