Moto2: Final lunge at title glory for Lowes

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Sam Lowes is ready to make a final lunge for Moto2 title glory this weekend, when the series moves to Asia for the first of three back-to-back weekends of action in Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

The chances of lifting the crown looked all but lost for the Federal Oil Gresini rider before his 2017 graduation to the premiere class after a series of disastrous weekends that saw him fail to take home any points while rivals Alex Rins and Johann Zarco triumphed.

But, after a stunning flag-to-flag victory at Aragon last time out, the Lincolnshire racer is going into this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix brimming with confidence that he thinks he can translate into further success.

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“We have been really strong in Aragon, taking pole position and victory, so we head to Motegi bringing a lot of confidence with us: I’m feeling good and I think that in Japan we can fight again for the win.

“It will be important to start in a good way the triple-header of races outside Europe, because the fight for the world title is definitely not over, and we will keep pushing until the end: a good result at Motegi would give us even more confidence ahead of Phillip Island and Sepang, other two good tracks for us. Anything can happen, I feel great and I want to give everything!”

Lowes currently lies third in the championship battle, 40 points behind Zarco and Rins, separated themselves by only a point.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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