LOWES TITLE BID IN TATTERS
Sam Lowes has admitted that his chances of lifting the Moto2 title are slim after a disastrous Austrian GP
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