Moto2: Lowes rallies for front row start

Published: 22 October 2016

Sam Lowes has finally displayed the form that he’s been keeping warm all weekend at one of his favourite circuits on the Moto2 calendar, after pulling out the pin despite two crashes in qualifying to finish on the front row for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.

The Federal Oil Gresini rider has completed only a handful of laps all weekend, keeping his powder dry in treacherous conditions, but was finally able to deliver the good when he needed to, taking a front row start in the process behind Tom Luthi and Mattia Pasini.

“Conditions were difficult and everybody struggled with the front: this was not the best qualifying for us, but being only 0.065 from pole position after two crashes, and without having done a lot of laps, it’s really positive! Tomorrow we can do a good job: we just need to find a little better feeling on the front end, then we'll wait and see for the conditions.

“However, I think that tomorrow we will meet slightly higher temperatures, and probably also less wind: this will help a lot, because the wind cools the tyres down too much.”

And while two crashes in one session might well have left team boss Fausto Gresini unhappy with the rider that he’ll graduate to MotoGP in only three races’ time, the Italian was instead delighted with the outcome of the day.

“All in all we can be happy! Frankly speaking, after two crashes is quite normal to lose the feeling to be fast, but Sam was really determined and he got a very important front row! Tomorrow’s race will be difficult for everybody: with these low temperatures the track is very tricky and even the slightest little mistake can turn into a big mistake.”


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