MotoGP: Alex Lowes completes Tech 3 Yamaha test

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World Superbike racer Alex Lowes has completed his first outing on MotoGP machinery, after taking to the track on Monday at Brno for a quick run on Suzuka 8 Hour teammate Pol Espargaró’s Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

Given the short test at the end of the one-day MotoGP test as a reward for his Suzuka success, Lowes was competitive even after completing a handful of laps on the machine.

And despite an ignominious end to the day after tipping off on his fastest lap of the day, he still left the test having impressed the Grand Prix paddock by running less than two seconds off the pace of the bike’s regular pilot.

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“Obviously this was one of the best days of my life! From when you‘re a kid you dream about an opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike and it was fantastic. I didn‘t do too many laps, but the feel of the bike was incredible. The power of the bike and the way that it turns was everything that I expected and even more than that, so it was an incredible experience.

“I have to say a massive thank you to Yamaha for giving me this opportunity, it‘s a dream for me. Also a massive thank you to the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for giving me the opportunity as well and I‘m so sorry for the crashes, but honestly I really enjoyed the experience and it‘s a day I will remember for the rest of my life.

“The crash was on my last couple of laps, nearly at the end of the day and obviously the reason was because I tried to push a bit too much without understanding everything. I broke a bit more and lifted the rear a bit, went a little wide and the track was a bit dirty and I lost he front. It was only a small crash but I‘m feeling really sorry for that. Honestly, it was a fantastic experience and I really enjoyed it, even if I did only 15 laps, it were the best 15 laps I ever had.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer