Sam Lowes will return to the Gresini Racing team for 2019, signing back up with the team that he challenged for the title with before making his ill-fated move to MotoGP. The British rider last rode for them in 2017, challenging for the intermediate class title on their Kalex machinery.
Believed to have a number of strong offers form front-running teams in the class, the 27-year-old put his trust in the close-knit team that he took two wins and six podiums with – and says he’s confident that he can return to form with them.
“I am very happy to be working again with Gresini racing and Federal Oil; we have good memories together and unfinished business from both sides. I have learnt a lot the last couple of seasons and now it’s the time to show it. I know the high level of this team and have 100% faith in them: my motivation is as high as ever and look forward to enjoying a new successful partnership with Gresini Racing, its partners and sponsors. Onit!”
And despite any bad blood that might exist between Lowes and his former bosses at Aprilia, Fausto Gresini, who also runs that team in collaboration with the Italian manufacturer, says he’s more than happy to have Lowes back on his bike.
“Sam is a welcome return. He’s been with us for two seasons already and the first one in Moto2 was one to remember. I’m happy to be counting on his professionalism and talent, and with Federal Oil on our side again I’m confident we will be back towards the front of the field in the middleweight class.”
Lowes replaces Jorge Navarro at the squad, who in turn moves to Lowes’ former squad Speed Up, where he in turn replaces fellow Brit Danny Kent.