Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Bonnie Lane Posted: 29 Aug 2015
Sam Lowes became the first Brit to qualify on pole at Silverstone since the late great Barry Sheene this afternoon despite running out of fuel with 20 minutes to go.
The former World Supersport champion has been on form all weekend, but after missing an ‘In’ board halfway through the session, he ran out of fuel and ground to a halt.
Managing to push his Speed Up past the fence and onto a service truck with the help of brother Alex, Lowes was able to get back to the pits. By the time the bike was returned and filled up, Lowes had time to post just two laps, storming to pole on the second.
“I messed up a little bit, missed my board one lap and it was obviously one lap too many and I ran out of fuel,” said Lowes speaking after the session. “It’s quite funny, as when I tried to get under the fence I dropped the bike and I hope no one saw it because I felt a bit of a muppet! I knew a quick lap would be possible so to do it and get pole was great, I’ve got a lot of support this weekend and I’ve tried hard in all sessions, pushed hard and worked a lot on used tyres. I couldn’t have worked any harder to prepare for tomorrow’s race, I feel good and if it’s wet or dry I think I can be there. I’m really happy for this pole position and I can’t wait for the race.
“It’s fantastic in Moto2, Zarco is doing a fanstastic job, Zarco is there every week and Rins is going good and now Marquez is there every weekend so it’s getting even more exciting, the race should be great and hopefully I’ll come out on top.”
Alex Rins and Johann Zarco will join Lowes on the front row.