Moto2 title contender Sam Lowes has confirmed that he will make his MotoGP debut, with Aprilia, 'after Assen'.
The Dutch round takes place from June 24-26, which fits in with the end of June/July timeframe
previously reported for the test.
Looking ahead to his first RS-GP laps the Englishman, currently eight points behind Alex Rins in the Moto2 standings, told the official MotoGP website what he thinks will be the biggest differences:
“For me it's the extra power and the stopping ability, plus of course the tyres, but that is applicable any time you change series," said Lowes, who will be in Italy this week for wind tunnel work with Kalex and then Aprilia.
"I'm not trying to think too much about it. I am just going to go out, ride and enjoy it.”
The former World Supersport champion signed a two-year Aprilia MotoGP deal, preceded by a season in Moto2 with Gresini, during 2015. Paddock rumours suggest Lowes has since been targeted by some other MotoGP teams, but the #22 insists he was never tempted.
“For me it was a case of, I have signed my deal and I am really happy with it,” he said. “It's a great option; the [Aprilia] is only going to get better from what it is now. If you look at Rins and Zarco they also have deals in MotoGP next year and they won't really be in a much better position than me. With their records, that makes me quite happy.
“I also have a great package and team behind me now with Gresini, so for me it will be great to go into MotoGP with that behind me. You always want to be riding next to Marquez or Rossi, but for me the Aprilia project looks really good and since I signed that contract last year I have not considered anything else.”
So far, Lowes and Jonas Folger (Tech 3) are the only Moto2 riders officially confirmed as moving to MotoGP next season, but Rins is set to join Suzuki and Zarco tipped at Tech 3.
“I think it will be good to have them all there; in fact it will be great,” Lowes said of the quartet stepping up to the premier-class. “Plus of course there will be the new bike from KTM to compares ourselves against.
“I don't really feel the pressure, don't get me wrong going to MotoGP is a pressure in itself, but we will try and do the best job we can. For me it will be nice to have them to gauge ourselves against, otherwise you don't know how well you are actually doing.”
Lowes' team-mate is yet to be announced. Either Stefan Bradl or Alvaro Bautista had been expected to continue, but Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro recently emerged as a strong contender.