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MotoGP: Lowes delighted with rookie progress

Published: 03 September 2016

Updated: 03 September 2016

Alex Lowes has been left delighted with his progress during his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP wildcard at the British Grand Prix, after briefly topping Q1 before finishing only one place behind teammate Pole Espargaró only minutes after making his debut on the bike in the wet!

Completing nearly fifty laps over the weekend in dry conditions, the Brit was forced to almost start from scratch when wet weather arrived at Silverstone – but rose to the challenge admirably to qualify a strong 16th.


“It was hard going in riding the bike for the first time in the wet, and I was probably thinking too much about it all. After the session, I was disappointed, because I don’t think I did as good as I could have – until I looked at the situation and realised it was my first 20 laps on the bike in the wet and that everything was quite a lot different.

“To be quite close given it was my first time was quite good and I should be quite happy with myself. But I really enjoyed myself, and the bike suits my style quite well. Tomorrow will be difficult because of it though, because we didn’t get the chance for a long run in FP4 and managing the bike could be hard.”

And while it’s still early days in his Grand Prix career for Lowes, he admits that he has a definite if realistic goal for tomorrow’s race.

“Whether it is wet or dry tomorrow, I have a realistic goal to try and get into the points. It was nice to try the bike in the wet, so I have had a bit of preparation if it does rain in the race, but let's see what happens. I had fun today and I enjoyed riding the YZR-M1 and now I am excited for my first MotoGP race.”


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