Lowes impresses on Moto2 debut

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Sam Lowes has made his Moto2 debut, surprising many in the paddock to end his first day seventh fastest against experienced competition.

The Supersport World Champion, who has signed for the Speed-Up team for 2014, set a lap of 1:43.068 at the Jerez track, only 0.4 behind former 125GP world champion Thomas Luthi.

Lowes, who has switched to his brother’s number 22 for the test (Sandro Cortesse uses the 11 plate in Moto2), said afterwards “I’ve had a very productive first day and managed 82 laps!. I’ve got so much to take in but the bike is mint, so I’m happy and feel good. I was faster than my Supersport pole time which I didn't expect!”

The 23 year old is back on track for a full day of testing today (Friday) at the Spanish track.

1 Tomas LUTHI  Interwettern Paddock   Suter  61 laps 1:42.662
2 Jordi TORRES  Team Aspar    Suter  78 laps 1:42.726
3 Mika KALLIO  Marc VDS    Kalex  69 laps 1:42.776
4 Takaai NAKAGAMI Idemitsu Honda Team Asia  Honda  52 laps 1:42.959
5 Tito RABAT  Marc VDS    Kalex  101 laps 1:42.962
6 Nico TEROL  Team Aspar    Suter  81 laps 1:43.028
7 Sam LOWES  Speed Up    Speed Up 82 laps 1:43.628
8 Sandro CORTESSE Intact GP    Kalex  49 laps 1:43.592
9 Azlam SHAH  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Honda  52 laps 1:43.667
10 Julian SIMON  Italtrans    Kalex  77 laps 1:43.795
11 Zavier SIMEON  Gresini Racing    Suter  71 laps 1:43.944
12 Johann ZARCO  Caterham Moto Racing   Suter  70 laps 1:44.158
13 Anthony WEST  Speed Up    Speed Up 69 laps 1:44.164
14 Franco MORBIDELLI Italtrans    Kalex  83 laps 1:44.249
15 Luis ROSSI  Maptaq Sag Zelos Team  Kalex  65 laps 1:44.469

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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