Moto2 title leader Sam Lowes expects to make his MotoGP debut during a test for Aprilia at the 'end of June, or July'.
The Englishman is the only Moto2 rider already officially confirmed as joining the premier-class next season, having signed to spend one year on a Gresini Kalex prior to racing the RS-GP.
“For sure it'll be a different style and I'll have to adapt to many things. But I can't wait to get into MotoGP,” said Lowes. “I'm lucky I've got a great team behind me; Aprilia are doing a great job with the new project already and it's going to be fantastic to be part of it.”
Famous for his sideways style under braking, Lowes found himself being quizzed on his technique by none other than double MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, after taking pole position last weekend in Jerez.
“If you look at the way he [Marquez] rides the bike it's fantastic. The way that he slides the bike into the corners to take off the speed is impressive. I don't know, maybe my style is a little bit similar to that and in Moto2 we have no electronics,” Lowes said.
“My style is different to the others, but I use it to help stop. I feel strong on the brakes and it looks quite crazy at the last corner, but I'm fast in that last split. There's pros and cons obviously to every style.
“My style, ok sometimes it's a bit aggressive, but it's also fast. It was nice of him [Marquez to ask].”
Lowes went on to win last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix from pole and holds a ten-point championship lead over Alex Rins. Rins, Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger are also tipped to move to MotoGP in 2017, but nothing has yet been officially announced.
Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl currently race for Aprilia, with the factory yet to decide who will partner Lowes next season.
By Peter McLaren