Lowes reflects on first Moto2 win

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Having claimed his first Grand Prix victory Sam Lowes now looks primed for a title charge in the intermediate class. The Englishman, who made the step from World Supersport to Moto2 last year, has talked openly about how difficult the step to Grand Prix has been but his speed in testing and in both Qatar and America has showed just how competitive he can be this year.

Despite having won the WSS title in 2013 Lowes said that due to the level of competition in Moto2 that this was the best win of his career. The tactics used, sitting behind Zarco until the moment was right to pull the pin was something that many wouldn’t have expected from Lowes on the basis of his form last year but was similar to how he dominated in WSS.

That year he showed that he could win from the front or battle through the pack and with such treacherous conditions at COTA he decided that discretion was the best form of valour in the first half of the race before he was comfortable enough to make his move in the final five laps and pull away at the front.

“The conditions were a bit funny at the start and after the crashes over the weekend, and the mistake in Qatar, I was a little bit nervious at the start and I didn’t want to crash early in the race like Qatar,” admitted Lowes after the race. “The pace behind Johann was fast and when I passed him I didn’t expect to go that much quicker because the track wasn’t as good as on Saturday. There was a lot of water under the bridge into the fast rights and I had to think to myself ‘just chill out!’ My injuries didn’t feel bad in the race but when you’re leading you don’t feel that!”

Steve English

By Steve English