MotoGP: Lowes to return to action at Aragon

Published: 12 September 2016

MotoGP replacement rider Alex Lowes will return to the series for a third time at Aragon in two weeks’ time, as he takes time out of hectic schedule to continue to replace the injured Bradley Smith at Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

The news comes after a second outing at Misano ended in the gravel traps for the Pata Yamaha World Superbike rider, who will race at Aragon between the German and French rounds of the production series.

But, after continuing to make good progress in Sunday’s race, he says he’s still looking to make big steps forwards when the championship moves to Spain.

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"After what has been a positive weekend, I as obviously disappointed with Sunday’s outcome. To be honest, I didn’t really get the chance to get into the race, and sadly I made a small mistake and lost the front at turn one. For sure, this is a big shame because I’ve completed quite a few longer runs in the practice sessions and overall, my pace has been good and I have constantly improved my times. The whole weekend, apart from today, has been encouraging and I got a better understanding of the YZR-M1 with every lap.

“I’ve enjoyed this event but it’s never nice to end with a negative result in the GP, especially as I am getting more competitive on the Yamaha. I have to say again that this experience has been fantastic and I have been able to enjoy the time because there is no pressure with regards to the championship standings. I wish that I was able to repay the team’s efforts with a good finish today, but we made a good step up from Silverstone.

“Yet, I am super happy to announce that I will be riding for Monster Yamaha Tech3 again in Aragon and I am thankful to have another opportunity. Yet, first of all, I have to concentrate now on my own championship targets in WSBK with next week’s race in Lausitzring and I am very confident that the experience gained in MotoGP will enable me to fight for the podium."

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