MotoGP: Aprilia timing is perfect for Lowes

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Moto2 title contender Sam Lowes has admitted that as the factory Aprilia squad continue to improve in MotoGP, his switch to them for the 2017 season couldn’t be coming at a better time.

Joining up with the team just as they find their form with the RS-GP machine, Lowes’ recent tests on the bike have him excited for what could be in the future.

“The new Aprilia chassis is fantastic! The bike has improved a lot. You have to remember it was a new bike this year, and it was always going to take a while to get there, but they’re doing an amazing job.

“For me it’s the perfect time to go. Michelin have had a year to learn, the bike is coming on, and I’m really looking forward to it now. When I did the deal I knew what I was doing, the bike will be a little better again next year, and instead of going with no information to give them I’ll be able to help out now after testing it. It was the correct plan.

“The power and the gearbox are fantastic, and the only area where it needs to improve a little is the turning. The grip is good once you’ve got it turned in, but part of that is me not having as much confidence yet because the front Michelin doesn’t give as much feedback as the Dunlop.”

His proclamation comes after another successful weekend for the squad at Aragon, with a pair of top ten finishes that proves their effort is worth it, according to current rider Stefan Bradl.

“Finally, the hard work is paying off. We made a step with the chassis we received in Misano, and it was a step forwards with how the bike feels on braking. It gives me some good feeling from the front tyre now. There are still improvements to be made from the rear and how we use the tyre, especially in the early part of the race, but we are improving.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer