LOWES LEADS

Sam cruises from pole to top step of the podium to ex­tend

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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,

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