MO­TOGP ROOKIE LOWES READY TO ROLL

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There’s a new Bri­tish rookie on the scene in the pre­mier class next year, with 2013 World Su­pers­port cham­pion Sam Lowes step­ping up to Mo­togp with Aprilia.

Lowes, 26, moves to the top class af­ter three chal­leng­ing years in the in­ter­me­di­ate cat­e­gory. At first bat­tling with the un­com­pet­i­tive Speed Up chas­sis, he would even­tu­ally be­come a Moto2 ti­tle con­tender af­ter a move to Kalex for the 2016 sea­son.

Al­ready a GP race win­ner, Lowes ac­knowl­edges the chal­lenge ahead as he joins Aleix Es­par­garo in the fac­tory Aprilia squad, but has enough con­fi­dence in him­self that, in time, he can work to­wards be­com­ing Bri­tain’s next top GP star.

“When I’m rid­ing well, I know how good I am,” he said. “That’s not me be­ing big-headed – I’ve won Grand Prix races, I’ve had pole po­si­tions. The end of 2016 was tough and I was in­jured for the fi­nal tests, but I know what I can do.

“I’m a dif­fer­ent per­son to what I was be­fore. I’m not ex­pect­ing to go out and win my first race, this is Mo­togp! Aleix has a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence than me, but look at Viñales – he will go into next year a favourite, and in the first four races, when he was Aleix’s team-mate, he couldn’t beat him.

“That’s what I’ve got to look at; get­ting close to and beat­ing Aleix to­wards the end of my first year and into year two. He’s a solid GP rider, a de­serv­ing GP rider, and I know I won’t be far away from that goal.”

Lowes is re­al­is­tic – but op­ti­mistic – about his step up

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