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Can anything stop "Super" Sam Lowes?

 Can anything stop 'Super' Sam Lowes?

A rain affected opening day of Moto2™ practice in Austin saw Sam Lowes finish on top as conditions improved, despite two massive crashes.

Moto2™ was struck by delays at the beginning of FP1 due to track conditions on a tricky day at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas for all the classes. The sun came out for the second session, allowing riders to run slick tyres throughout the session. Rain is predicted for both Saturday and Sunday.

Tito Rabat, the current Moto2™ champion has been eager to improve his riding in the rain, and got his chance during FP1. Last year he felt that this was his greatest weakness; he finished third on the opening day of practice at Austin with crashes in FP1 and FP2.

Rabat’s Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate, Alex Marquez, also crashed in both sessions and was only able to finished 24th on combined times.

It was Lowes who led the way on Friday as the sun came out. The British rider finished first overall continued to show huge improvements from last year. This pace was despite a vicious high side in the final five minutes of the session, the former WSS Champion walked away, but later had to visit the Medical Centre for a suspected ankle injury.

The 2’10.563 of Lowes was just 0.096s faster than Zarco in second, the Ajo Motorsport rider putting on a late charge. The French rider was strong here last year before an unfortunate crash having started from second.

Both Anthony West and Julian Simon received the new aluminium swing arm for their Speed Up Moto2 machines, matching the one on Lowes’ bike. They saw marked improvements with West fourth and Simon sixth in FP2, the new swing arm offering increased feeling with the bike. West is often stronger come race day and a strong qualifying could see him become a podium challenger.

Alex Rins, in only his second Moto2™ event, was impressive finishing both seventh in FP1 and FP2, adapting well to the different conditions. The Spaniard made quiet progress to finish fourth in Qatar and is adapting well to the Moto2™ bike after moving up from Moto3™.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Franco Morbidelli was also impressive, finishing third in the wet during FP1. The Italian improved his time in FP2 to go ninth. 2014 saw him fighting for the top five in qualifying and races towards the end of the year, with a best of fifth at Aragon.

There were a number of falls including Sam Lowes, Tito Rabat, Alex Marquez and Dominique Aegerter in FP1. Rabat, Lowes and Marquez also fell in FP2. A suspected left hand injury had Axel Pons sit out FP2, and it was later revealed he had broken his scaphoid and will miss the race to undergo surgery in Barcelona on Monday.

Click here for the combined Moto2™ practice times from today, FP3 is scheduled for 10:55am local time on Saturday in Austin.

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, FP2, Sam Lowes, Johann Zarco, Tito Rabat, Speed Up Racing

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