Sam Lowes knows a home win in Moto2 will su­per­charge his ti­tle hopes

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorgp Silverstone Preview - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MCN MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

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

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