Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Tony Goldsmith Posted: 27 Aug 2015
Moto2 star Sam Lowes is going all-out to impress his home fans this weekend as he eyes up victory at the British Grand Prix.
The Lincoln-born rider has proven himself on several occasions this season, not least with a stunning victory in Austin back in April – a feat he’s looking to repeat at Silverstone this weekend.
Lowes currently sits fourth in the 2015 Moto2 World Championship standings and is keen to bridge the gap to championship leader Johann Zarco. It won’t be an easy task though, the Frenchman currently has 106 points over the Speed Up rider.
While a championship assault may be just a slim possibility for Lowes, it’s still fair game for the runner-up spot currently held by Tito Rabat.
Lowes has never won in front of a home crowd at Silverstone but came agonisingly close in the 2013 World Supersport race only to be knocked off by Kenan Sofuoglu while leading on the final lap.
“I love Silverstone,” said Lowes speaking to Bike Social. “We finished seventh last year and what we struggled with shouldn’t be an issue this year as it’s a problem we’ve fixed. I’ve been fast at almost every track this year so I need to make it happen at Silverstone. I enjoy it a lot there, it should suit me and the bike and to be honest, I need to win! I want to win, not just for Silverstone but for the championship. We’ve had a few good races and things are coming together so I need at least a podium for the home fans.”
Lowes turned a lot of heads during his Moto2 debut season last year but also drew a lot of criticism for frequent crashes and inconsistent results. Sticking with the Speed Up team for 2015, a number of changes were made which Lowes reckons have helped him fight closer to the front.
“It’s been a lot better this year. I think the bike is better, I’m a lot better and the fact it’s my second year in Grand Prix has helped a lot. Last year we were struggling anyway but then to go to a track that you’ve never been to, be in eleventh place and have everyone saying you’re shit is quite funny because there aren’t many people who could do it.
“It’s really hard coming from a different paddock into this one, nobody has really done it apart from Cal [Crutchlow] so it’s not easy.
“I’m proud we’re doing better this year but I think a lot of it is experience and the bike getting better and then when it gets going good it’s all right. The same can be said for when it gets going bad!”
Lowes’ efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. He’s heavily tipped to be stepping up to the premier class next year with hot money suggesting he’ll be riding an Aprilia alongside Alvaro Bautista.
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“For me it’s a win win situation. If I can do something that’s a multi-year agreement that’s going to have my back over the next few years there aren’t many people in the paddock that have that so we can go from there.“
An announcement about Lowes’ future is expected to come in two weeks’ time in Misano.
BT Sport is the home of MotoGP in the UK with every race exclusively live throughout the season. Coverage of the 2015 Octo British Grand Prix starts on Friday at 9am on BT Sport 2 with the MotoGP race live from 12:45 on Sunday and for the first time in Ultra High Definition on BT Sport Ultra HD.