LOWES BAT­TLES THE PAIN IN SPAIN

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Sam Lowes was strug­gling at the Jerez test to over­come neck in­juries sus­tained last time out at Va­len­cia, but he came away after the three days pos­i­tive with what he man­aged to achieve on his new Mo­togp Aprilia.

The Lin­colnshire racer was left with neck in­juries after crash­ing at turn 12 dur­ing the Va­len­cia test. The in­jury lim­ited his move­ment on the bike and re­stricted his track time at Jerez.

De­spite that, the chance to spend three more days work­ing with his new crew and tackle some nig­gling is­sues on the Aprilia RS-GP ma­chine’s basic set-up, means that he’s pleased with what he achieved.

He said: “It’s nor­mal to get crit­i­cised, and I’ve al­ready seen some peo­ple say­ing Eu­gene Laverty should be re­plac­ing me – but I shouldn’t have even been rid­ing! If it was a Moto2 test, I’d be sat at home. But I still man­aged to do some laps, un­der­stand more things on the bike, and to be in the de­briefs and to un­der­stand what’s go­ing on. It’s just been lit­tle things to help me out next year, like learn­ing the guys’ names!

“It’s al­ways bet­ter to be fast, but I’m not fit. A Mo­togp bike isn’t a toy, it’s an amaz­ing bit of kit, and just by do­ing those laps and be­ing two sec­onds and more off my team-mate, it’s been enough to learn what I need to do.”

Lowes was de­lighted once again with the Aprilia pack­age while team-mate Aleix Es­par­garó proved how good the Aprilia is by set­ting the fourth fastest time of the test.

But Lowes in­sisted: “It’s Mo­togp, so I’m not ex­pected to go out and win the first race. Aleix has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, and that’s very good for me. Aleix is a solid Mo­togp racer, and I don’t think I’ll be too far away from him in the first race. He was hired to get re­sults, and I’m the rookie – I’ve got time to work at it. I’ve got a fire in­side me, the team is very good, and the bike is very good. It’s not at the level of the top bikes but trust me… it is close!”

Still re­cov­er­ing from an in­jured neck, Lowes was happy just to be on the Aprilia

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