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After a race spent chasing Rins, Sam Lowes settles for second and takes the points lead in the intermediate class championship.
Having taken his first Moto2™ World Championship win in Austin in 2015, Sam Lowes was confident of taking his second in 2016. A solid start saw the Brit remain in the top five after the hustle and bustle of the first corner, quickly working his way past other riders and settling into second. His charge to second saw the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 man set the fastest lap of the race, a 2’09’994, on the second lap but Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) already had a sizeable lead. Lowes pushed and pushed and was able to get within half a second of the Spaniard on occasion but never posed a sustained challenge. He would eventually settle into second place as front-end grip dropped off, the Brit taking two second place finishes in two races in the process.
With this he moves to the head of the Moto2™ World Championship, 47 points sees Lowes lead the intermediate class for the first time in his career. It’s tight at the top as the top four riders are split by just four points and things will no doubt tighten further after round four. The fourth round of the year takes place in Jerez, a circuit all the riders and intimately familiar with after multiple tests and years of racing at the Spanish track.
Sam Lowes: “I’m happy with this second place, although of course I wanted to win. Congratulations to Rins, who was very strong today, but I was fast too and until about 7 laps to go I thought it was still possible to try to attack him, because I was feeling very good with the bike. A few laps later, though, for two consecutive laps I lost grip at the front on the last corner, so I decided not to take risks, finish the race and bring these 20 points at home, also because Rins was keeping great pace and it would still have been very difficult to catch him. It’s good to get two second places in two races and it’s nice to be leading the Championship despite the ride through in Qatar: it’s going to be a hard-fought championship in all races with the other two riders on the podium with me today, Rins and Zarco. Now we head to Jerez, a track I love, so I can’t wait to get there!”
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