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Lowes: “We made many fast laps”

Lowes: “We made many fast laps”

Under the lap record in FP3, Sam Lowes heads into Qualifying as happy and confident rider.

On lap 17 of 17, Sam Lowes set a 1’59.262 to top the only Moto2™ World Championship session on Friday at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. Aside from being the only session on Friday, Free Practice 3 was also the last session before Qualifying on Saturday, leaving riders with little time to make changes. Fortunately the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 man will not have to make many changes, his session topping time also setting a new circuit record. The Brit’s pace was strong over many laps, his fastest time coming at the end of a ten lap run which featured six 1’59s.

Few would look past Lowes for neither pole nor the race win in Qatar, the Brit having completed an extensive testing schedule with an emphasis on long runs. Lowes went well in Qatar back in 2015, leading the race until he unfortunately crashed. The move to a Kalex frame has seen Lowes improve leaps and bounds, no longer having to ride on the ragged edge every lap.

Sam Lowes: “I’m really happy because today we made many fast laps: every time I had a clear track I made 1’59”, so I feel strong. The track conditions changed yesterday, it was different from the test and I made a couple of mistakes. However, now the bike is working well, there is more rubber on the track so the feeling is good. We keep working, but 1’59”2 on lap 11 is really impressive and it makes us really confident ahead of the race, so thanks to the team and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow!”

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