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Sam Lowes has impressed since stepping up to the Moto2™ World Championship as the reigning World Supersport champion. Despite being the only representative of the Speed Up team, the English rookie has finished inside the top ten in three of the four races he has finished. He took five minutes out with motogp.com.
Sam, you joined the World Championship as World Supersport champion, as opposed to taking the now traditional route through Moto3™. Did you think much about that at the time?
Definitely. It’s been a massive learning curve for me. Had I done Moto3™ it would have helped, but it also helped to come in as World Supersport champion; that is something behind me. I did think about it, but it won’t slow me down!
How much of a difference have you found in, not just adapting to the bike, but also adapting to the kind of battles you find in Moto2™?
It’s a really different style of riding and of battling – those first laps are quite aggressive! I am loving it. Now I need to up my game a bit, but we’ve made some great first steps and I am already getting quite used to the whole thing.
As a factory Speed Up man, have you already received the new chassis? What is hoped to be better with it, in comparison with the previous one?
We are using the new chassis, but now waiting for a few more upgrades. We are changing stuff all the time. You could say that I have a lot of pressure on me to develop it, but coming from Supersport I can also bring a different direction into it. With the new chassis, we are looking for more rear grip and trying to make the bike turn better, but in Moto2™ it is just about little changes every time – nothing major. That is usually all you need to make a good step. I am also waiting to receive a new seat, which should make things more comfortable. It is not related to lap time, but just for more comfort and therefore more confidence; I sit quite high on the bike and that should help with backing it into corners and the weight distribution in general.
Right from your first race, you have been a contender in the first half of the field. You raced to sixth place from fifth on the grid in Qatar and have now finished in the top ten in three out of five GPs. Are there any secrets?
I feel it could have been even better as well. To be honest, in America I think I could have finished sixth or seventh if I hadn’t had been taken down at the first corner – that is our sort of area now. We are getting closer to the front, but our preparation is always the same. So, no, there are no secrets: it’s just fine-tuning things. We are not far away; we just need more confidence and that is coming all of the time.
Honestly speaking, have you surprised yourself with your own performances?
I came here with a lot of confidence from last year. I had not been here before, but I definitely didn’t come just to make up the numbers. I am happy with how it’s going but don’t just want to be finishing races…I want to be closer to the top five and pushing for podium before long.
Can you explain the recent change from a bright orange to a bright pink livery?!
Sponsors! That is a phone accessory company in Italy. We have some very good long-time partners and sponsors and we will continue to change livery over the season; it will be the same for Mugello and then we might be changing it again after that.
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