Lowes set to fight again at Monza

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Despite suffering a sickening high side at Assen just 16 days ago where he shattered his collarbone and was knocked unconscious, Sam Lowes is set to race this weekend at Monza.

The gutsy 20 year old broke his collarbone in three places but after seeing a specialist last week has elected not to have surgery to plate the bone and will instead ride with heavy strapping and pain killers.

Speaking to MCN. Lowes said: "The week after the crash I didn’t think there was any way I’d be able to ride, but a week later it started to feel a lot better. I thought I was going to have it plated but because of how it’s broken it would actually be very difficult to plate it and there was a risk that it could end up twisting."

"Leon (Haslam) has helped me a lot and he got me into see a specialist last week. I had more x-rays and they are actually happy with how it’s healing and it seems that although the bone is broken it’s all pretty much in place and inline." 

"The specialist asked me if I could do a press up and I said no way. In the end he strapped up my shoulder and convinced me it would be ok and I managed 20. Basically I’ve been told that the bone will be strong enough for Monza, but the question is how I can deal with the pain."

Lowes went to the Parkalgar Honda workshop last week where he sat on the bike and remains confident that he will be able to race at the fast Italian circuit this weekend.

The Lincoln based rider currently sits equal tenth in the championship standings having secured an impressive third place podium finish at the opening round of the championship at Phillip Island.

Although he failed to score points in at Donington and Assen he is fast establishing himself as a genuine front runner in the hotly contested WSS class given his undisputed pace in both qualifying and the races.

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider