Moto2: Lowes on a streak as title battle heats up

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Brit Sam Lowes is currently on the best points scoring streak of his career, adding five top fifteen finishes at the end of the 2015 season to a clean slate of seven so far this season.

But, with the Federal Oil Gresini rider locked in a frantic battle for the title – with only ten points separating him, title leader Alex Rins and reigning champion Johann Zarco, he says that his performance couldn’t have come at a better time.

“If I want to try and fight for the Championship, I know that I can’t be chucking it down the road. It’s the days when you are struggling most when you do crash, because you are trying to make it happen and not being smart. That’s when you make the big mistake.

“The last race wasn’t ideal; it was bad for a lot of reasons. I was actually disappointed with the race, but in the end I was happy to get out of there and start focusing on Assen, which is a track I really like. But if you have a bad weekend and you finish sixth, you have got to be happy, as it could easily have been 15th.”

And with the championship battle starting to heat up between the top three, the Lincolnshire native sounds confident that he can still be in a position to do the job when the time comes.

“Hopefully I can keep taking the fight to them. If you had said to me in Japan last year that after seven races I would be two points ahead of Zarco, I’d have bitten your hand off. I don’t know why people were writing him off, I never did. Rins was fast last year and he was always going to make a bit of a step this year. It’s going to be tough, but it should be a great battle between us all.

“I know that I can beat them. I’ve got some good tracks coming up, but I’ve got a good bike. They are the best two riders and if I can be running with them and beat them, then it’s good for me.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer