Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 02 Jul 2014
Sam Lowes has said he’s keen to take away the positives from last weekend’s eighth round of the MotoGP Championship in Assen despite leaving with no points after crashing out of second place in Saturday’s Moto2 race.
The Brit had been on the pace in the dry all weekend and qualified third on the grid for Saturday’s race but as the rain started to fall, Lowes was instantly worried about how he’d fare in the twenty-four lap battle as he had little experience of his Speed Up Moto2 bike in the wet.
“In the dry I felt good all weekend, much better on the bike than I had previously as we made some good steps forward in testing at Aragon” said Lowes, speaking to Bike Social. “I knew it was going to be difficult in the wet as it was the first time I’d ridden the bike in those conditions. All I’d done in the wet previously was five laps at Mugello but it soon dried up.
“On the sighting lap I felt the worst I’d ever felt on a bike so I was thinking ‘oh no’ but I got into the rhythm alright. I didn’t feel very confident but we had good speed so I tried to stay focused. Unfortunately I lost the front at the hairpin but looking at the data I didn’t do anything different to the previous two laps. It was starting to dry up a bit and it was greasy so maybe it was down to that. I’m disappointed with the result but it was a really positive weekend.
“I do normally like riding in the rain the only thing that hampered my confidence was that I’d not ridden the bike in the wet before. I would always rather lead in the rain because of the spray etc so to get into the lead off the line was important. Corsi passed me, he had good pace and his bike was working really good so I just sat behind him for the first few laps. I knew the track was going to dry a little bit but it was mainly going to stay wet. I couldn’t believe it when I fell off as I felt really comfortable behind Corsi. I kept dropping off a little bit as I didn’t want to get all the spray on my visor as I couldn’t see a lot anyway. I’d have been happy to stay in second but I also thought I might be able to challenge towards the end of the race but in the end it didn’t work out but that’s racing.”
With losing the front, damage to the bike seemed minimal so Lowes remounted in fourteenth place but highsided out just three corners later after he found himself with no suspension.
“When I crashed the first time the bike flipped over and fully extended the shock, so there was a bit of damage there. I got back on it and rode steady for the first few corners to get the mud off the tyres but then I came round to the long right-hander and had no suspension so it just flicked me off. The bike was so badly damaged I wouldn’t have made it to the end of the race if I’d not crashed again.”
As a Moto2 rookie stepping up from the Supersport World Championship, Lowes has the difficult task of learning circuits as he gets to them this year, immediately putting the Brit on the back foot. For this reason, he was keen to get to circuits he knew so he was able to show his full potential on the bike.
“Jerez was the first track I’d been to that I knew but we got a bit lost there so Assen was the first track where I could go and see where we are at. I said it would be different to get to a track I know and haven’t tested at and it was. I’m happy with how I’m showing and I believe in myself and I know that I can run at the front in Moto2.”
The championship now heads to Sachsnering and Indianapolis, two circuits Lowes has not ridden before but after that are four circuits the 2013 World Supersport Champion knows well, including his home round at Silverstone and he’s hoping now he’s shown his potential he can bag that all-important first podium at one of these.
“The next couple of races will be quite difficult, Germany and Indianapolis. The Sachsenring is tight, twisty and technical and a really short lap time so I’ve got to learn the track and get down to the pace. Hopefully we can get in some good work on Friday and Saturday morning so we can be ready for qualifying and the race. Once these next two are out of the way I’ve got four tracks I know and like, Brno, Silverstone, Misano and Aragon so I’m looking for two strong finishes in the next two races and then moving on to those four with high hopes of getting on the podium or maybe even looking for that win!”