Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 04 Jun 2015
After establishing himself as a championship contender in the first five rounds of the 2015 Moto2 championship, Sam Lowes has said he’s got his eye on a MotoGP ride for next season.
The British rider has impressed so far this year, taking pole position in Qatar, his debut victory in Austin and further strong results in Argentina, France and Italy.
“My dream is to go to MotoGP. That’s probably quite obvious, but I’ll only go on a competitive bike and to do that I have to earn a competitive bike. I’m fully aware of that. I don’t think I’m doing a bad job for my second year on a Grand Prix bike.”
Lowes says he believes he could do a good job in the premier class...
“I believe in myself, if I had a good opportunity on a good bike I know that I could do a good job. If I get chance to ride a satellite MotoGP bike I will do. I’m not going to say what I want but I’ve had a good relationship with a certain manufacturer in the past when I won the World Supersport title so it doesn’t take Einstein to work it out!"
The manufacturer he’s talking about is, of course, Yamaha with the personal sponsor being Monster Energy – suggesting he’s got his eyes on a seat in the Monster Energy Tech 3 Yamaha outfit.
Herve Poncheral, Tech 3 Yamaha boss, is thought to have expressed interest in Lowes after his debut year in Moto2 last season so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility. However, it would mean either Bradley Smith or Pol Espargaro being ousted from the team.
The way Lowes’ season has been going, he could well be turning the heads of a few other Grand Prix race bosses too…
“I messed up in Qatar, but that was my mistake”, he said. “I should have won but it was the first race of the year and I think it caught me out and I made a stupid mistake. In Jerez we were unlucky with the tyres, I think I could have been close to the podium. Apart from that we’ve done good, in Le Mans we finished fourth but I felt I was a little bit behind all weekend and then we did a good job in qualifying and in the race I dug in hard and I was close in the last few laps.
“In Mugello, I felt mega I think I started the weekend with the fastest two days I’ve had! We were so quick on new and used tyres and kept making positive steps. I felt I had the pace to win the race and was a bit annoyed about the incident with Corsi but that’s racing. I still managed another strong fourth place but it’s frustrating as I know I had the pace to be further up.
“I think we’ve made a good start to the year. I’m certainly gelling a bit better. I know all the tracks which is a massive thing, I’m not losing the Friday of every week which cost me a lot last year. I’m really keen to get back on the top step of the podium, it’s an important time of year for lots of reasons and good results are important.”
Despite showing flashes of speed in 2014, Lowes struggled throughout the season with his Speed Up often unable to compete with the Kalex machines. However, a few changes for 2015 have seen him shoot to the front…
“The biggest differences this year are the swing arm, my riding style and knowing the tracks”, Lowes explained. “We’ve got the aluminium swingarm this year and the bike feels like a normal bike. Last year it was difficult and it’s the one thing I wanted to change so it’s nice to have put it in and done well as it could have easily gone the other way and been worse! If you ask for something and you get it and then don’t go any faster it doesn’t look good, but when you get it and go better it gives them belief in me as they know I do know what I’m talking about!”
Lowes was one of Moto2’s biggest crashers last season and came under large amounts of criticism for being unable to stay on the bike. This wasn’t helped by his crash while leading the opening Grand Prix of the 2015 season.
“I hope I’m shaking off the critics a bit more now,” he continued. “I think the biggest thing is that I’m still coming to all these tracks for the second time, at the three tracks at the start of the year I feel they don’t know it as well so it’s a bit more of a level playing field and then in Europe I do feel like I’m still a little bit behind. That being said, they get another gear when they come to Europe but I feel I’m getting towards their level now.
“We need to start winning if I want to be a championship contender; I feel like I can. Every single race this year we could have done a better job, I’m not saying we could have won but we could have at least fought for it. I want to win but I need to start now.
“We’re testing next week which will be important, the bike is still quite new, we only had one day testing with the new swingarm so there’s still lots of work to do. It’s hard to make big changes in free practice sessions as you don’t have that long and you need to work towards a good lap time for qualifying.
“I know I can go well at Assen, I love Assen, I was strong there last year and know I can be stronger this year. Phillip Island is a long way away but I love that too, I feel I can do a good job at every track. As I said the test is coming at the right time next week so that’ll be good. Why can’t I be at the front? I’ve been there at a lot of different tracks so far, Le Mans is different to Qatar, they’re both different to here and we’ve been fast at them all.”