Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 15 Jul 2015
British Moto2 star Sam Lowes is believed to be close to signing a deal that will see him step up to the MotoGP class next year.
The 2013 World Supersport Champion moved to Moto2 last season and impressed upon the largely uncompetitive Speed-Up chassis. This season, Lowes has established himself as a regular front-runner and took an impressive debut Grand Prix victory at Austin earlier this year.
A move up to the premier class now looks almost certain for the 24-year-old, who has seen interest from a number of teams after his strong start to the season.
According to Bike Social sources, a deal for Lowes to ride for an undisclosed MotoGP team in 2016 is ‘almost done’.
Currently sitting third in the Moto2 championship standings, Lowes has been heavily linked to a seat in the factory Aprilia MotoGP team but is believed this isn't his only option.
Speaking to Bike Social earlier this year, he said: “My dream is to go to MotoGP, that’s probably quite obvious, but I’ll only go on a competitive bike. I believe in myself, if I had a good opportunity to ride a good bike I know that I could do a good job.”
While he has also said he wouldn’t rule out a third year in Moto2 to fight for the title, an offer from a factory MotoGP team could be too good to turn down. Aprilia will have their full prototype ready for 2016, rather than the development machine being ridden by Alvaro Bautista this year.
With the British Grand Prix drawing close, an announcement could come in front of Lowes’ home fans if not before.