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Lowes Interview: “I made a really big step!”

Lowes Interview: “I made a really big step!”

Sam Lowes chatted to motogp.com about his excellent 2015 Moto2™ season and his plans for 2016 and beyond.

Sam Lowes ended the 2015 Moto2™ World Championship in fourth with 186 points. The Brit recorded his first GP victory in Austin and scored another 4 podiums in what was his breakthrough season. In 2016 Lowes will stay in Moto2™ but has moved to the Gresini Racing Team to ride a Kalex, before making the move up to MotoGP™ in 2017 with Aprilia:

Sam the 2015 season is done and dusted, how would you sum it up?
“I think it was a season with many positives for me. I mean as a racer you want to win more and be champion, but I made a really big step from 2014 and managed to be pretty consistent and fast at every track, therefore I am happy overall with the season I made.”

Four podiums plus a race win to your name and you finished the season in fourth - not bad in just your second year and on the Speed Up…
“Yes it wasn't too bad. We should have had more podiums, that’s for sure! Still, it was only my second year so I am happy to have made a big step and be one of the front guys. For sure, now I need to make another one for 2016.”

For 2016 you make the move to the Gresini Racing team on a Kalex, what are your aims?
“To be world champion!”

What difference will it make with you on a Kalex next year – how does it compare to the Speed Up?
“The Speed Up bike in end was not so far away. I have tested the Kalex and loved it from the very first lap. The Kalex is easier to ride, allows you to get more feeling with the track and turns better! Both packages are capable of winning, but next year I will be on same bike as the others, so maybe it can help me improve more.”

As a British rider, does having the first World Champion for 38 years from the UK in the shape of Kent inspire you?
“Yes it does and I am happy for British racing that he achieved that, but for me the target is always to try win. British fans are the best and I hope to repay them for their support by fighting to win in 2016.”

Are there any riders you think could surprise people in Moto2™ next year?
“I think in Moto2 anyone is capable of surprising you, for me Kent and Oliveira should be strong, plus Baldassarri finished this season well. Also both Marc VDS riders will improve and be up there too. For me, Zarco and Rins will be the main challengers for the championship with myself!! But I could name 15 riders that I think are more than capable of winning races in 2016.”

Then in 2017 it’s the step up to the MotoGP™ championship with Aprilia – how important is it for you to have this progression and contract already in place?
“Yes, for me its very important as I am different to nearly all the other guys in this paddock. I have only been here two years and don’t have as much experience, so it’s not easy to get the opportunity. Therefore, I am really grateful and I hope I can go there as Moto2 World Champion and do a great job in MotoGP. “

Will you get to test the MotoGP™ bike next year during the season?
“Yes, I will be testing sometimes next year, more so to get me up to speed and to give the team lots of data to work with, as it will be a new bike.”

Do you think it will be an advantage or disadvantage to miss out on the first year of the spec ECU and Michelin tyres in MotoGP™?
“I believe whenever you go to MotoGP it will be tough, and that you will have to learn a lot. The best teams and riders are there and will always make it happen. When I do go there, I will just work hard to understand everything as soon as possible, do a better job than people think and see what happens!”

Tags:
Moto2, 2016, Sam Lowes

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