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By Federal Oil Gresini Moto2

Lowes: “It was a difficult race”

Sam Lowes admits not everything went to plan at the Catalan GP after he finished in sixth, relinquishing his championship lead to Alex Rins.

Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Sam Lowes battled to a valiant sixth place at the Catalan GP after struggling with a lap of grip. Starting from fifth, the British rider did not have the best of starts and found himself in 10th at the end of the first lap. Slowly, but surely, he fought his way through the field, getting involved in some excellent battles along the way. It was evident Lowes did not have the pace to push for the podium, so it became a case of damage limitation. He eventually crossed the line in sixth, exactly 13 seconds behind race-winner Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport). This meant that Lowes had to watch Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP40) take over the lead in the Moto2™ championship standings, but the Brit only trails his rival by 8 points heading to the Motul TT Assen on the 26th of June.

"It's not the result we expected..." Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes: “It was a difficult race: I lost some positions on the first lap due to making contact with a few riders, and then I struggled to recover because I couldn’t keep a good pace. It’s not the result we expected, but we still picked up some important points for the championship with a sixth place. Today, however, Zarco and Rins were more competitive than us, so now we’re going to analyze the data to understand what happened, in order to improve for the next races. It was a tough weekend for everybody, for obvious reasons; now we focus on Assen where we will arrive with a gap of only 8 points from the top of the standings.”

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