‘THE TITLE IS BACK ON’
Irrepressible Brit says Moto2 title is still up for grabs after emphatic Aragon win
Sam Lowes delivered a faultless demonstration of his talents at Aragon, and looked untouchable. With the points gap reduced, he’s got one eye on the prize again.
Sam Lowes’ bid to win the 2016 Moto2 crown is now well and truly back on after a stunning victory in Aragon saw him able to haul back a huge amount of points to rivals Alex Rins and Johann Zarco.
Having finished four out of the last five previous races out of the points, the 25-year-old Brit was forced to concede that winning the championship was virtually impossible. But after a dominant win at the Spanish circuit he closed the gap back to only 40 points, with 100 points still available – giving the Federal Oil Gresini rider all the motivation he needs to continue his fightback.
He said: “It’s back on. I feel good, I’m going to give it everything I have, and at the end of the day I’m going to Motogp next year and I have nothing to lose. I’m not back in the championship as such, but I’m back in the fight. In Moto2, not everyone can win a race like I did in Aragon, and it helps to prove that I’m worthy of going up to Motogp.
“Rins and Zarco are really close to each other on points, and that makes it more difficult for them. I’m in a good position in a way, because I’ve got two tracks that I love coming up in Japan and Phillip Island, and if Rins and Zarco get caught up with each other, who knows what might happen?”
The stunning return to the dominant form he had earlier in the season comes after a highly successful test for the Gresini squad last week at Valencia. Lowes was able to complete hundreds of laps running new forks from Öhlins
‘I’m back in the fight, and it helps to prove I’m worthy of going up to Motogp’ SAM LOWES
on his Kalex machine – something that he cites as a crucial factor in his Aragon success.
“Obviously, I slide the back into corners a lot, and that gives a strange feeling from the front, especially with the new tyres. The new forks are definitely better – even if it’s still moving around, there’s more feeling.
“With the old forks, I was thinking, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK’ then next thing I knew I would be lying in the gravel thinking, ‘What the f**k?’ I needed a more forgiving bike. When you can feel just before it goes you can ease it off a bit. We tested at the right time and we got the right boost at the right time from the new forks.”
Despite bagging arguably the most impressive Moto2 victory of his career, he is still smarting over results in recent races that have thwarted his title charge.
Caught up in an incident with defending champion Johann Zarco at his home race at Silverstone, which saw him lose out on a chance to battle for the win, he knows now exactly how he needs to finish off the year.
“It makes me even more pissed off about Silverstone because I’m only 40 points behind now even after all the bad luck we’ve had. If I had taken 25 points there, we’d be in the game. But that’s racing, and the other mistakes were my fault. But I came here with confidence, we showed a good level, and we just need to carry on like this!”
Lowes dominated at Aragon, narrowing the title gap to 40 points