Sam cruises from pole to top step of the podium to extend
Sam Lowes is well known for his impressive qualities as a motorcycle racer. His unwavering confidence, blistering qualifying pace, ability to ride on worn tyres and his flamboyant riding style have got him noticed in the paddock for all the right reasons. Two things he has not previously been known for are his patience and maturity, but after decimating his rivals once again to win the Moto2 race in Jerez and extend his championship lead, these are now attributes that he can add to the list.
Looking fast, smooth and consistent from the opening session on Friday, Lowes was the clear favourite even before he took to the track, thanks to his peerless form during pre-season testing at the Spanish circuit.
Even his rivals knew that Sam was indeed the man, with second-place Jonas Folger admitting that there was never anyone else in with a shout.
Òthe race was like everyone expected,ó explained the German. ÒWE saw that Sam had the best pace, and we thought that we could do something in the last laps, so the plan was to follow him and try and go with him. I think everyone knew that he would be the strongest rider here all weekend.ó
But despite the pressure from his peers that would cause a lesser rider to crumble, Lowes is instead thriving on it and turning the stresses of being a title favourite for the first time in Grand Prix into motivation to win.
Òfor me, itõs fantastic to come to a weekend as the favourite. Itõs the biggest compliment this paddock can give me. I came here two years ago from World Supersport and half of them didnõt even know who I was, and now theyõre expecting me to win races.
Òand itõs the kind of pressure I want. I want to start races strong,