LOWES OUT FOR TITLE
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.”