BRIT GP WEEK­END SPE­CIAL Lowes makes his mark

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While Lowes was left want­ing more af­ter mak­ing his Mo­togp de­but at Sil­ver­stone, Tech3 tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Guy Coulon was more than im­pressed.

Speak­ing to MCN, he said: “Be­fore the first ses­sion we had no tar­get, our only aim was to be as close as pos­si­ble to the last place rider. But very quickly it be­came clear that Alex was bet­ter than this so our tar­get be­came to score one point.”

Coulon also re­vealed that Lowes could have been even faster in the race hav­ing po­ten­tially been held back by the team putting a con­ser­va­tive set­ting into his M1.

“When you have a new rider you start with a very stan­dard Yamaha set­ting, which is de­signed for more safe rid­ing, so not so ex­treme and as a re­sult not such high per­for­mance. And I think that the level he got to in the race was bet­ter than the set­ting we gave him. We wanted to try the higher per­for­mance set­ting but we did not have time be­cause of the wet ses­sions. I think we made the right de­ci­sion be­cause he fin­ished the race with a good re­sult and if we had tried some­thing more risky, maybe we would have had some bet­ter per­for­mance on some laps, but maybe also some prob­lems.

“When we look at the data to­gether he un­der­stands very well what he needs to do to im­prove for next time.”

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