Sam Lowes’ tenure as a factory MotoGP racer will come to an end at the end of the 2017 season, after Aprilia bosses finally confirmed to the Lincolnshire rider at the Austrian Grand Prix that they would be exercising a break clause in their two-year contract to sack him, only a week after senior management assured him that his job would be safe for next season.
But while he won’t be given a longer chance at the Noale factory, Lowes sounds confident that he’ll remain in the Grand Prix paddock. With not many seats left in MotoGP, he says that he’s happily considering a return to Moto2.
“The only option is probably with Marc VDS. But since the news has come out, I’ve had a few messages from good Moto2 teams – and even speaking to those people, the attitude from them has made me feel more respected in 30 seconds than I have in the past year.
“You do this to get results and to prove yourself, but also because it makes you happy, and I fucking love riding bikes. My first goal is MotoGP, and I’ve learned a lot since I came here and I’m a lot better rider now. But its late in the year and the situation isn’t easy, and I’ll find the best solution I can. I can’t go to World Superbikes just yet, because I need to go on a bike that can beat Alex and there aren’t many out there!”
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