British rider Sam Lowes has signed a one-year contract with Parkalgar Honda and will be replacing Eugene Laverty in the Portimão-based World Supersport Championship team.
Sam Lowes comes to the team after having 10 top three finishes in British Supersport during 2010 and moves to the World Championship as the British Supersport champion.
The 20-year old rider from Lincoln in England replaces Eugene Laverty, who is leaving the team to move up to World Superbikes after winning eight races this season with Parkalgar Honda.
Sam Lowes said: “This is a dream come true, especially because the Parkalgar Honda team is one of the best in the world and are always racing for victory.”
Simon Buckmaster, the Parkalgar Honda team manager, said: “Sam is a rider in the vein of Craig Jones and Eugene Laverty. As a team we enjoy spotting talent and bringing it through to World Championship level and we are confident he can be a race winner and title challenger in his first year with us.”
He added: “We are going into 2011 with high hopes and welcome Sam to the team.”
Meanwhile, local Portuguese rider Miguel Praia is to remain at Parkalgar Honda after he had his best season to date with the team during the 2010 season.
“I have to thank Parkalgar Honda for believing in me and giving me yet another opportunity to further my motorsport career,” said Miguel Praia.
Paulo Pinheiro, the CEO of Parkalgar Honda, said: “Sam will be joining an enthusiastic team that will also be helping him to achieve the best results possible.”