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Lowes: “I was expecting a tough race”

Lowes: “I was expecting a tough race”

Tricky conditions caught out a number of riders, but not Sam Lowes who slid his way to victory at the Spanish GP.

All weekend Sam Lowes had looked strong, his super sideways style working perfectly around the Jerez circuit. But in true Sam Lowes style, his speed came with several small crashes during practice and even Warm Up, leaving many in a state of nervous anticipation ahead of the race. From pole position he got a solid start but was overtaken by Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) and settled in behind him for the first lap. On lap two Lowes attacked and snatched the lead, never looking back after. Lap after lap the Brit pushed and continued to open up a gap with only Folger able to stay with him. Folger would remain within touching distance but was never able to attack and with ten laps to go Lowes finally broke the German. By the end of the race Lowes would have an advantage of over two seconds as he crossed the line to take his first win of 2016.

Not only was this Lowes’ second career win in the intermediate class, it was also the first time he has scored points of any kind in Jerez. With his closest title rivals having a more difficult time on Sunday, the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 man’s championship lead is now at ten points over Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40). By taking victory Lowes was also able to silence a number of critics who had emerged when he took the championship lead having not yet won a race in 2016.

Sam Lowes: “It was a long race, no doubt! I knew that Folger had a good pace and I knew that also Rins was in the game, so I was expecting a tough race. The track conditions have changed several times over the weekend and today have changed again, with higher temperatures. However, here we have made many tests in the winter and thanks to this work the bike always worked very well. After the two second places, obtained racing two strong races, I was confident ahead of this event. I wanted to try to win and I did it, so I’m very happy for this first victory of the season. Now we look forward to Le Mans and the rest of the season!”

Moto2, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Sam Lowes, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2

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