LOWES CAN BRING IT HOME
Sam Lowes knows a home win in Moto2 will supercharge his title hopes
Locked in a titanic battle with reigning champion Johann Zarco and 2017 Suzuki Motogp racer Alex Rins, the 25-year-old Brit knows that he needs to start beating his arch rivals.
And while Lowes has decent form at Silverstone in past years on the Speed-up Moto2 machine – and should be able to continue his much-improved pace this year on the Kalex - he admits that his two title rivals won’t be easy to beat.
“Silverstone’s going to suit Zarco and Rins, like everywhere else! Zarco was good there last year, and Rins was quick in qualifying. The front row last year was us three, and I think it’s going to be the same again this year. It’s going to be a big battle – and it’s one that I need to win!”
And while Lowes hasn’t had his most impressive results at the Northamptonshire circuit, it remains one of his favourites. And, showing this year so far that a track that he enjoys riding can have a massive impact on his performance, he’s confident that he won’t be far off the lead.
“Silverstone is a track that I really enjoy. It was nice to get pole position last year, even if the race was in funny conditions and I didn’t really enjoy it much. In World Supersport, I never managed to win there either – I had a good battle with Kenan Sofuoglu, until he knocked me off the track on the last lap!
“It’s a track that I love though, and it’s a round that I need to win – for the championship as well as for me! I need to win, that’s the bottom line. Both because it’s my home race and because I need to win if I want to win the title.”
Lowes is also relishing riding in front of his own home fans and says he feeds off the support, but doesn’t really feel any extra pressure.
“I know sometimes the fans can’t get as close to the track as they’d like, but the whole last section is amazing. It’s a really great feeling coming through there and hearing the crowd really roaring for you in the last three corners.
“I love my home race. I really, really enjoy it – I think some riders feel the pressure of home races, but while I feel the pressure because there’s a lot more fans, I really embrace the weekend. I want to win every weekend, but Silverstone is definitely one of the highlights of my season.”
our Sam Zarco (right) and Rins (centre) are both proving tough adversaries for