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A great day for Lowes and his team as they secure pole position for the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM.
Saturday started well for Sam Lowes who topped Free Practice 3, managing to finish 0.059s ahead of Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport). The Brit’s advantage over his closest title rivals would grow as the day went on, but a number of other riders presented an increased challenge. Pole position went to the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider by only 0.047s, but Lowes’ closest title rival, Zarco, was sixth and 0.233s slower. Clocking a 1’51.965 on his tenth lap of 18, Lowes will start from pole for the third time in 2016. Both of his previous 2016 poles have resulted in podiums, pole in Jerez spring boarding him to victory. Although Lowes has always started on the front row in Mugello, he is yet to take a podium at the sweeping Italian track. Even a podium finish could help Lowes to take back the championship lead after a tricky weekend in Le Mans.
Sam Lowes: “Even though I was not in the best position yesterday, we knew we were in a good way. In fact, this morning we have been fast straight away, then we set the pole position on the hard tyre. I feel really good and relaxed on the bike and I think that we have a good chance for tomorrow. I’m happy especially for the team, because is really helping me to improve, and to give them a pole position in their home race is really nice. Tomorrow it will be really difficult to go away because of the slipstreams, but I have a good pace so for sure I will try!”
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