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Sam Lowes got his ti­tle fight back on track af­ter a red-hot dis­play of wet weather rid­ing. Tak­ing a strong third be­hind Jonas Fol­ger and ti­tle ri­val Alex Rins at Brno, the Fed­eral Oil Gresini rider told MCN that he can’t wait to put his new­found con­fi­dence to the test at his home Grand Prix in two weeks time.

“In Ger­many I strug­gled in the dry, as well as go­ing in a bit ner­vous. Psy­cho­log­i­cally, it’s a big step rac­ing 20 long laps around here with no mis­takes, and I can use that. I can take a lot from it go­ing into the next race.

“The wet hasn’t been too good for me in the past and I’m com­ing off two DNFS, plus, a podium was the goal to­day, so I didn’t push too hard. The tar­get in the dry was to win, but in the wet I’m re­ally happy with where we fin­ished.”

And while beat­ing Rins would have been the ic­ing on the cake for the Lin­colnshire racer, be­ing as close as he was to the Spa­niard at the end of the race was an im­por­tant re­sult for him – es­pe­cially while ti­tle leader Jo­hann Zarco floun­dered in 11th place.

“I wanted to beat Rins, but he got lucky, be­cause he didn’t have the pace in the dry. But he’s such a smooth rider – un­like me – and he rode well. This per­for­mance for me though, es­pe­cially go­ing into Sil­ver­stone, has come at the right time. I was quick in the dry, did a good job in qual­i­fy­ing, and if I had slid off try­ing to get sec­ond, it would have been an­other zero go­ing into my home race.

“I think it’s go­ing well now, and if I can go to Sil­ver­stone and use the home sup­port we can win. I was on pole last year so I know I can be fast there, and if we win we can carry the mo­men­tum for­ward into the last six races of the year.

“It can rain there too, and that’s why it was good to get this re­sult. I feel con­fi­dent now in both con­di­tions, and it’s some­thing we can use to build on for the next few races.”

Wheels back in line but legs in the air, Mcphee slams back into the sad­dle and car­ries on to take the win. Phew!

Solid Brno podium gives Lowes con­fi­dence ahead of Sil­ver­stone

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