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Bri­tish Moto2 duo Sam Lowes and Danny Kent fin­ished the fi­nal race of 2016 on a high, with Lowes end­ing the year with a solid re­sult after a dif­fi­cult sec­ond half of the sea­son, and Kent turn­ing his year around at the 11th hour.

Lowes has strug­gled since his home race at Sil­ver­stone ended in dis­as­ter back in Septem­ber, crash­ing out along­side ti­tle ri­val Jo­hann Zarco and end­ing his hopes of be­com­ing the 2016 cham­pion.

That run of form con­tin­ued right through­out the fly­away races, as he com­pleted only four race laps in three out­ings. But Lowes fi­nally took some­thing pos­i­tive from the end of the sea­son, by beat­ing Alex Rins in the

‘It was not the best ride of the year, but it was a pos­i­tive one’ SAM LOWES

last cor­ner for fourth place.

“After three bad races it was im­por­tant to fin­ish. I knew I could keep a sim­i­lar pace to the fastest rid­ers, and we did it; the prob­lem is that I was not so fast in the first three or four laps. I was a bit ner­vous at the start, con­sid­er­ing that all the crashes in the pre­vi­ous Grands Prix took place in the early stages of the race.

“Later, how­ever, I could re­lax and I dug deep: it was not the best ride of the year, but it was a pos­i­tive one and it’s im­por­tant to end the Cham­pi­onship in the top five, al­though we de­served much more. This year I had a great time, the team is fan­tas­tic and I want to thank ev­ery­one.”

And Moto3 world cham­pion Kent had just as pos­i­tive a week­end after an in­cred­i­bly tough sea­son for him, with rad­i­cal crew changes within the Leop­ard Kalex team fi­nally bring­ing him some form to take ninth.

“It’s not our best re­sult of the sea­son, but it’s our best week­end and I felt much bet­ter with the bike. I had a dif­fer­ent per­son work­ing with me, and it’s made the week­end much eas­ier. I just wish we could have found this in Qatar, be­cause who knows what could have hap­pened then.”

Lowes re­found some form after a ter­ri­ble run of re­sults

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