LOWES TI­TLE BID IN TAT­TERS

Sam Lowes has ad­mit­ted that his chances of lift­ing the Moto2 ti­tle are slim af­ter a dis­as­trous Aus­trian GP

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MCN MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

Lowes crashed twice in Sun­dayõs race as he des­per­ately tried to stay with ti­tle ri­vals Jo­hann Zarco and Alex Rins, who ben­e­fit­ted from a re­cent test that the Brit did not at­tend.

Strug­gling to keep up, it was al­ways go­ing to be a case of dam­age lim­i­ta­tion for Lowes, who said: Òthe pace I was do­ing means I would­nõt have been on the podium, be­cause they were def­i­nitely faster than me, but I could maybe have caught up with the bat­tle for fifth and sal­vaged some­thing. Nak­agami did­nõt test here ei­ther and he was up there, which makes it even worse.

Òthe cham­pi­onship is prob­a­bly not go­ing to hap­pen now, and we just need to fight for the best po­si­tion pos­si­ble

Ð sec­ond or third. But I can go out and have fun, en­joy rid­ing my bike again, and try and make as strong an end to the sea­son as pos­si­ble.ó

Lowes ad­mit­ted that miss­ing the Moto2 test at the Red Bull Ring to in­stead ride the Aprilia RS-GP ma­chine heõll pi­lot in 2017 in the premier class, meant he had a se­ri­ous lack of data at the track that was added to the GP cal­en­dar this year.

He added: Òwhen some peo­ple do test, itõs not nor­mally that big an ad­van­tage, but we have no data from last year even from another rider to try and see where I was strug­gling. It was a clean slate, I was in trou­ble and I did­nõt even have a team-mate to com­pare to.

ÒIN qual­i­fy­ing I was sev­enth Ð but in three splits I was in front of Zarco and in the other he was 0.4s up on me. It was­nõt all bad, and it was­nõt like I was rid­ing poorly ev­ery­where.ó

Lowes is now look­ing to bounce back at this week­endõs Czech GP. Òweõll come back and weõll be OK. Brno is­nõt his­tor­i­cally an amaz­ing track for me, but we havenõt gone badly there in the past. I need to just take a deep breath now, go there re­laxed, and try and have fun.ó

‘We just need to fight for the best po­si­tion pos­si­ble − sec­ond or third’ SAM LOWES

Putting on a brave face, but Lowes knows ti­tle bid is over

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