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Sam Lowes shows his true 2016 potential with a strong second place finish in Argentina, a mistake costing him victory.
Throughout the Argentina GP weekend, Sam Lowes was towards the top of the timesheets in all conditions and was looking as consistent as ever, his pace in practice putting him as an early race favourite. After the disappointment of Qatar, the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 man was determined to finish on the podium. The top four were inseparable for the majority of the 23 lap race, Lowes leading the way for ten laps and able to keep a small advantage. Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took the lead on lap 13, but Lowes remained right with him.
It was all building towards a thrilling last lap battle until a mistake with five laps to go saw the Brit run wide and lose contact with Zarco. Several of his rivals passed him, Lowes quickly wrestling back past them but by then it was too late: Zarco had already escaped. With his chances of victory gone, Lowes settled for a solid second place finish and 20 points, promoting him to third in the championship. Lowes’ lone Grand Prix victory came at the Circuit of the Americas in 2015, the same circuit that will host round three of the championship. Lowes has been strong in every test, practice and qualifying session since stepping to Kalex machinery and there are no signs that this will change anytime soon.
Sam Lowes: “The conditions were not easy today, but I had a good pace so I was expecting to do a strong race today. I was in the lead for several laps and it’s definitely a nice feeling, then with 5 laps to go I made a small mistake that made me lose contact with Zarco and therefore I didn’t had the opportunity to attack him in the final laps. After the mistake however I was fast and I managed to quickly pass Morbidelli in front of me, so I’m satisfied. I’m happy with this start to the season: I had the pace to win also in Qatar and the Championship, despite the Jump Start at Losail, is already looking quite good, because I’m only 7 points off the lead. We are working hard and the team is doing a great job, the bike has been good on all the tracks I’ve been riding this year and also this morning and I felt really good in the wet. The goal this year is to fight for the title, even if we know that it won’t be easy to beat reigning champion Zarco, but we'll try. It’s going to be a good season.”
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