Moto2: Lowes has successful Valencia test

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Sam Lowes has attempted to re-find his mojo on the Federal Oil Gresini Kalex, by completing a huge number of laps in a two-day outing with the team at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit, home of the final round of the 2016 Moto2 season.

“It was a really good test: yesterday we made 121 laps and today we tried many things on the bike, also testing may new parts for Kalex and Ohlins. We got a very positive feedback, always keeping a very good pace, and I’m really happy for this. Now we are looking forward to Aragon!”

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The positive test will be a welcome return to form for the Lincolnshire racer, however, after a disastrous weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix seems to have finally ended any hopes he had of lifting the 2016 title.

Crashing out of the race after a mechanical problem with the bike, he was left frustrated after the race at what could have been.

“I had a problem with the quickshifter, and when I went into the corner the bike wasn’t quite in gear and when I came out it unsettled and I tucked the front. It’s been a difficult weekend, with some issues out of our control and some out of the team’s control, which has been the story of the year.

“I can’t say what those issues are, but it’s a shit situation. It’s controlled the results in a lot of races this year.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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