SAY HELLO TO THE 2016 MOTO2 CHAMP MOTOGP
With his apprenticeship over, has the right tools at his disposal and is ready to become Moto2 master SEASON PREVIEW
It’s September 14, 2014, and Sam Lowes has just finished the Misano Moto2 race 40 seconds behind winner Tito Rabat in 18th place.
Consumed by frustration, he looks ready to throw the towel in on a Grand Prix dream he’s dedicated his entire life to.
Unappreciated by a Speed Up squad that has blind faith in its own chassis and appears oblivious to the World Supersport champion’s obvious talent, you wouldn’t have parted with a big slice of your life savings on Lowes being one of the preseason favourites for Moto2 in 2016.
But that’s where livewire Lowes finds himself some 18 months after that Misano misery.
Hard graft, patience, perseverance and no lack of riding prowess sees Lowes go into 2016 on the best bike in Moto2 with a two-year Motogp contract already in his pocket with Aprilia in 2017 and ’18.
He can now look back on his rookie season as a tough character-building experience, but one he now appreciates helped mould him into the tour de force he now is.
“They were hard times because I knew I wasn’t showing what I could do and it is frustrating when you can’t show what you’re capable of. I was getting frustrated because I felt nobody knew who I was even though I was doing a good job. I was going to tracks I’d never seen before and had no confidence in the bike and I was finishing eighth. It was bad but how bad was it? I am so happy I didn’t give up and obviously it has proven worth it. Last year at least the bike was capable of winning and it was good for me to dig in and work hard and turn the situation around because the
LOWES ON ZARCO AND RINS
“Zarco is going to be hard to beat. He is very strong in the head. He finished every race last year and that’s world championship standard. That’s what I need to do. I believe Rins will be faster at more races than Zarco but I think he will make more mistakes than Zarco. If you are in front of those two guys then you are going to be world champion.”