Sam Lowes says he’s still confident that he can perform well at a track that he loves this weekend at Phillip Island, despite only managing to complete four laps on the opening day of Moto2 action at the circuit.
Hit particularly badly by today’s torrential rain, Lowes only completed a handful of laps in the morning’s session after a slow speed crash, with deteriorating conditions in the afternoon leading to the free practice two session being scrapped altogether.
“In the first laps of free practice one I was feeling good and I'm quite happy for that, despite the small crash. The track feels quite good when there is no standing water, so with normal rain, the asphalt seems okay. Even if tomorrow will be wet, the water should be a lot less, so I’m quite confident. If the race on Sunday will be dry, hopefully we can get some dry track time tomorrow.”
However, it was a better day for fellow Brit Danny Kent, who made the most of the wet conditions to complete twelve laps, finishing the day runner-up only to rain man Jonas Folger.
“For the first day here in Phillip Island it has been a cold and wet one, that’s for sure! I’m not going to complain as I have really good feeling in the rain here. In free practice one we were able to finish the session in second and only 0.1s from the top. The forecasts for tomorrow for qualifying and practice look the same which is a positive for me as I already have a good feeling in the rain.”
Title rivals Johann Zarco and Alex Rins also enjoyed a decent day in the rain, with both completing 14 and the reigning champion finishing third with Rins fifth.
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