LOWES OUT FOR TI­TLE

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - John Mcphee

Sam Lowes has his sights firmly set on Moto2 ti­tle suc­cess, af­ter turn­ing the pace he never got the chance to show in Qatar into a solid per­for­mance in Ar­gentina to take sec­ond be­hind reign­ing cham­pion Jo­hann Zarco.

“I feel good and I’m happy with the race,” he said. “I needed a re­sult af­ter Qatar! I’m happy with the start of the sea­son, be­cause I’ve had the pace to win ev­ery­where. The cham­pi­onship al­ready looks quite good – I’m only seven points off the lead­ers af­ter two races.”

How­ever, de­spite the blis­ter­ingly fast pace of the Brit in the open­ing two rounds, it’s per­haps how he’s changed as a rider since the start of 2015 that’s most im­pres­sive. A lot more cal­cu­lated about his de­ci­sions, it’s clear to see that the highly ex­pe­ri­enced Gresini team are hav­ing a pos­i­tive af­fect on him.

“I led a lot of the race – and I wanted to do that. I could eas­ily have let some­one by and let them lead, but I wanted to be out there get­ting the ex­pe­ri­ence and prov­ing I’m able to run at the front in Moto2. It’s good for your brain, too, to prove that you can do it to your­self. It’s only my third year in Grand Prix, these boys have been here a long time, and I’m still learn­ing.”

And while his sec­ond place was im­pres­sive, there was a taste of what could be to come in Sun­day’s per­for­mance as well, with only a small mis­take in the clos­ing stages of the race pre­vent­ing him from battling with Zarco right down to the flag.

“I was on the line we use in the dry, but I’d been get­ting faster and faster – it was the first time I’d had to use fifth gear through it. That means I went into the next cor­ner with a lit­tle bit more speed.

“The mis­take might have cost me the win on Sun­day, but Zarco had a lit­tle more pace than me so I can’t be too sure. I never felt like I was go­ing to fin­ish out­side the top two though.”

Lowes proved his pace in a storm­ing ride

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