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Sam Lowes has bro­ken his Mo­togp duck by tak­ing his first points in the top class after a break­through week­end that saw him take a major step for­wards on-board his Aprilia RS-GP.

Fin­ish­ing the race in 14th but only seven sec­onds off the top 10 (after miss­ing out on pro­gress­ing to Q2 on Satur­day by only 0.2 sec­onds), the former World Su­per­sport cham­pion came away pleased with his re­sults, es­pe­cially after so lit­tle dry track time as rain struck the Le Mans cir­cuit.

“It’s not amaz­ing, but it was all right! And it was close to be­ing amaz­ing. I did a slow last lap, when Bradley ran off and came back on we hit each other,

and I lost an­other two sec­onds, so re­ally I was only three or four sec­onds off the top 10.

“We had a lit­tle bit of a dif­fer­ent strat­egy for the en­gine brak­ing, and that was a lot dif­fer­ent for me – a lot bet­ter. My big­gest prob­lem is stop­ping the bike - it has been since I got on it and it’s where I lose all my time. And after this week­end I’d say I halved the gap; it’s still not perfect, but it’s only half as bad as it was be­fore.”

There’s even more good news on the hori­zon for Lowes in the com­ing weeks, with a test at Barcelona next week and a slew of up­grades ex­pected in time for the next race in Mugello.

“We’ve got a lot of parts to test, so fair play to the team be­cause we’re re­ally try­ing a lot of things. I’ll have an en­gine up­grade for Mugello; when you hear that, es­pe­cially go­ing to Mugello, it’s mu­sic to your ears – it’s the best news in the world!”

‘I’ll have an en­gine up­grade for Mugello – that’s the best news in the world’ SAM LOWES

Sam Lowes took his first points of 2017 with a solid ride on the Aprilia

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