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Lowes: “We have already found a good direction”

Lowes: “We have already found a good direction”

Sam Lowes’ winter break comes to an end as the British Moto2™ rider finally got out on track in Jerez.

Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Sam Lowes were reunited at Jerez de la Frontera for the first of two days of private testing. This was the first time Lowes had ridden a race bike in 2016, the Brit taking the first half of the day to get reacquainted with his 2016 Kalex machine. Once comfortable, he and the team worked on finding rear grip as well as testing new parts from Öhlins.

The test had been originally planned for the 18th and 19th of February, but terrible weather conditions forced several teams present at the Jerez circuit to hide inside their pit boxes. Once the sun cleared the weather, Lowes jumped at the chance to ride his Kalex and unofficial best time of 1’42.901 was reported.

Sam Lowes: “It’s been an incredibly positive first day of testing: I took the rhythm very quickly and having been immediately fast we could start working on the bike in a very profitable way. I’m very happy because the whole team, as always, had a very professional approach and a good attitude, so everything came easy. Coming from a long winter break I spent the first part of the day to get to speed, then we worked on the rear of the bike, mainly looking for grip. Finally, we focused on the suspensions, trying new parts provided by Öhlins that allowed us to make a good step. We have already found a good direction to follow with regard to the suspension setting, and tomorrow we will continue to work on this area.”

Moto2, 2016, Sam Lowes, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2

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