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Lowes: ‘Lack of team-mate the biggest challenge’

Lowes: ‘Lack of team-mate the biggest challenge’

Sam Lowes believes the fact that he is the sole rider of the Speed Up team has proven to be the largest challenge facing himself and the squad in Moto2™ this season.

Having finished seventh in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend, thus scoring his first points since the Italian race at Mugello, the World Championship rookie and reigning World Supersport champion is pleased with the progress made.

“I obviously wanted more from my home race, but to finish ten seconds behind the winner and after a couple of mistakes was good,” Lowes tells motogp.com on Thursday. “I know Misano and Aragon well, so I’m looking forward to the next two races. When we get the Speed Up chassis working well, it is as good as any other. We are now working better as a team and going in the right direction with the bike.”

Earlier in the season, the Englishman concentrated on settings such as adjusting his riding position in order to feel more comfortable. He is now looking into more detail.

“We’ve got the seat right, but now it’s more fine-tuning and getting even more comfortable still,” Lowes continues. “Next year I will know all of the tracks, so we’re really looking to hit the ground running in 2015. Year 2 will be a lot better; we’re hoping for much more consistency and solid top ten results. We have a new chassis coming at the end of this year and I’m feeling more welcome in the paddock all the time.”

However, it is the lack of a team-mate which Lowes feels has been the main difficulty across the ongoing campaign.

“In my opinion, I would say that has been one of the biggest reasons for the lack of consistency,” he begins to sum up, having started the pre-season teamed up with Alessandro Nocco before the Italian lost his seat due to a lack of sponsorship. “At the moment, if we go in the wrong direction in practice we can lose a whole session. If there were two of us, we’d be able to try two things at once. So, as I say, that is for me one of the main reasons for our struggles this year.

“I have a meeting with the team at Misano next week about whether I’ll have a team-mate for next year; a lot of it will come down to sponsorship and at the moment I’m not able to say whether I will be joined by somebody or not, but it would obviously be great if it happened.”

Moto2™ is yet to witness a British winner since Scott Redding won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone in the middle of last season.

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Moto2, 2014, Sam Lowes, Speed Up

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