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Two falls didn’t stop Sam Lowes from charging to second in the Moto2™ class on the first day of the 2016 season.
Throughout testing Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) has been a force to be reckoned with, putting in lap after lap and almost always towards the top of the time sheets. The fiery Brit continued this habit during the opening day of practice for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, charging up to second with a 1’59.657 in the second session. Unfortunately, this was accompanied by a fall in both FP1, at Turn 15, and in FP2, at Turn 7. Lowes unhurt on both occasions, but did lose track time.
Even with the crashes both Lowes and his crew are happy with the progress made and have a clear plan for tomorrow. One of the biggest differences between the test and this weekend is the presence of Michelin rubber on the track from riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship. Lowes feels the Moto2™ riders are benefitting greatly from this as it has improved the traction on corner exit.
Sam Lowes: “The track conditions have changed compared to the test, so maybe I should have stayed more relaxed to avoid the crashes: sorry to the team for this, but overall it was still a good first day of practice. We have already forgotten the falls and we take only the good things about today: the team did a fantastic job and today I immediately felt comfortable on the bike and managed to be fast. Tomorrow we will keep working for the race, to further adapt the bike to the track conditions, but I already feel good.”
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