MotoGP: Alex Lowes to make GP debut as replacement for injured Smith

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Alex Lowes will make his MotoGP debut this week at his home race at Silverstone on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine, as he wildcards to replace the injured Bradley Smith.

Smith was hurt last week during free practice for the Oschersleben 8 Hour, leaving himself with damage to the ligaments in his knee after a high-speed collision with another rider that also left him needing surgery for a puncture wound to his leg.

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And after taking to the track for a short but successful test of the M1 machine at last week’s Brno test, a reward for his Suzuka 8 Hour success with Yamaha, Lowes was the natural successor to step in and replace the injured Smith – an opportunity he’s relishing.

"First of all, I just want to say how sorry I am to hear of Bradley's injury. It sounds like he's been extremely unlucky and I hope he gets well soon. With regards to me getting this opportunity, it goes without saying that it's genuinely a dream come true. I'm sure that I'll have to pinch myself on Sunday when I'm sitting on the starting grid with Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez.

“However, I have no expectations at this point. I simply just want to learn as much as I can from everyone around me. I personally want to thank everyone at Yamaha and Tech3 for giving me this opportunity."

 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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