MotoGP: Small mistakes costs Lowes

Published: 03 July 2017

A small mistake cost Aprilia rider Sam Lowes the chance to battle for the points during Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, according to the Lincolnshire native after the race.

Crashing out of contention in the first half of the race, he was left bitterly disappointed with the result after believing that he could be strong after continuing progress on the RS-GP bike meant he looked good all weekend at the race.

"A small mistake cost me the race today. It's a pity because I had overtaken a few riders and I was making up ground. My pace was good even compared with that of Aleix who really did an outstanding job today. The improvements are there. I am starting to ride well and the signs are encouraging. The summer break arrived at the right time. I know that I can still improve a lot and I feel positive about the second half of the season."

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He wasn’t the only one disappointed in the Aprilia garage, either, with teammate Aleix Espargaró equally disappointed with the outcome of Sunday’s race after feeling that he didn’t meet his potential despite finishing the race in a strong seventh place.

"A good result, but to be honest I expected something even more. With the exception of Jonas and Marc, who did an extraordinary race, I thought that I could have been closer to the podium. Unfortunately, at the beginning I had to force a lot to overtake, stressing the front tyre and losing a few tenths.

“In any case, it was a positive weekend for us. We are progressing step by step. Staying with the strongest riders for almost the entire race is positive. Now I am thinking about relaxing during the break and being ready when we turn up at Brno."

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