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For the fourth time in his career, Sam Lowes will begin a Moto2™ race from pole position as he aims to return to the podium.
A frustrating Qualifying session saw many of Sam Lowes’ fast laps brought to a premature end due to traffic at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Clear track would await him on his final lap, the Brit producing a 1’43.347 to steal pole position from Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) in the final seconds. This is Lowes’ first pole with the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team, the combination working incredibly well together and allowing Lowes to challenge for the top spot in almost every session so far in 2016. The Brit has not stepped onto the podium in a Moto2™ World Championship race since the 2015 Australian GP.
The 2015 edition of the Argentina GP saw Lowes finish in third, but the Brit has his sights set higher. After two decent years on Speed Up machinery, a move to the favoured Kalex bike has him eager to challenge for the title. His speed in testing and practice has certainly shown he has the potential to do so, a jump start in Qatar a slight hiccup to his plans. A return to the podium, and certainly a return to the top step, would easily get his title campaign back on track.
Sam Lowes: “Today the team made a great job once again: the bike is always improving and it’s nice to count on a team able to give you bike that helps you making progress. In qualifying there was some traffic, but I knew I was fast and it would be only a matter of time; in the final stages in fact I managed to do a good lap and I’m happy for that. The track condition is not easy this weekend, but I feel good and relaxed on the bike. Like in Qatar we worked hard on the race pace: in the first Grand Prix I was able to maintain a good pace until the end and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow! The most important day is tomorrow of course, but it’s nice to be on pole! Grazie mille to the whole team!”
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