LOWES BLASTS BACK AT BRNO
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