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Championship leader Sam Lowes heads to Le Mans after a successful weekend in Jerez and a positive test.
The historic Bugatti circuit of Le Mans will host the fifth round of the Moto2™ World Championship; Sam Lowes enters the weekend with the championship lead in hand. In Jerez Lowes took a commanding victory, just his second in the Moto2™ class, to open up a ten point advantage over Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) in the championship standings. He may have the lead, but Lowes knows that Rins will be strong in Le Mans as the Spaniard took pole there in 2015. While Rins has four years of experience at the French track, this will Lowes’ third visit to Le Mans. In 2015 the Brit achieved a solid fourth place, missing the podium by just under three tenths of a second. Both Lowes and Rins attended a private test in Barcelona ahead of the French GP, Lowes testing several new parts and setup options across his 101 laps. As ever weather could play a deciding role in the race and may introduce a number of new riders into the podium battle. Fortunately as a British racer, Lowes will have had ample experience in the wet while racing in England.
Sam Lowes: “I really enjoy racing at Le Mans: the track suits my riding style, which is aggressive on braking, having a ‘stop&go’ layout with hard braking points. Hopefully I can reach a good feeling with my Kalex and thus continue to be as competitive as in the last races, in order to collect good points for the championship. Alex Rins was very fast last year here, but I was fast too, in fact one year ago we got exactly the same lap time in Qualifying. Therefore I expect a good fight with him and I can’t wait to get on track!”
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