20 September 2016
MotoGP Aragon: Lowes: It’s incredible how much Ive learnt
"I feel that step-by-step it makes me more of a complete rider, and the knowledge I have gained on the M1 will surely help me in World Superbike championship" - Alex Lowes.
Alex Lowes will make his third MotoGP appearance for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team at Aragon this weekend.
Originally called-up in place of the injured Bradley Smith for Silverstone and Misano, the #38's leg injuries mean he is not yet fit to return, allowing World Superbike regular Lowes to stay on the M1.
Lowes finished 13th at his home British race, then fell last time at Misano. He arrives at Aragon fresh from the Lausitzring WorldSBK event, where he took eighth in the dry for Pata Yamaha before a fall in Sunday's wet outing.
The 26-year-old claimed 8-9 race finishes, just ahead of team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, in this year's Aragon WorldSBK round.
"I'm delighted to be able to have another outing with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and I truly aim to repay the team with a strong performance on Sunday," Lowes said. "It's incredible how much I've learnt with this opportunity over the last two races and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
"I feel that step-by-step it makes me more of a complete rider, and the knowledge I have gained on the M1 will surely continue to help me in my day job in the World Superbike championship.
"Fortunately, Aragon is another circuit that I know, even if we only used the MotoGP track layout for the first time this season in World Superbikes, but I'm sure it will feel different to ride on the M1, especially the last corner.
"In any case, the goal of the weekend remains the same because, in the previous two GPs, I just wanted to gain as much information as possible.
"After racing the R1 in Germany this weekend, it will certainly take me a few laps to re-adapt to the M1, but I can't wait to get FP1 underway and ride the fantastic bike on the Spanish circuit."
Team manager Hervé Poncharal is not putting pressure on Lowes, simply setting the target of finishing in the points.
“Alex has done a really good job whilst standing in for Bradley and we hope that he can use all of the knowledge that he has gained to help his career," Poncharal said. "Once again, we have set him the target of ending up inside the top fifteen, but of course, he will want to finish the race in a higher position."
Smith's recovery time is unknown. Due to a clash with WorldSBK Lowes would not be able to fill in at the following Japanese MotoGP, would be free for Phillip Island, but then back on WorldSBK duty on the same weekend as Malaysia.
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