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MotoGP: Shaina meets Sam and Alex Lowes

10-year-old fan Shaina Salvia meets Sam and Alex Lowes at Misano...
10-year-old fan Shaina Salvia got to meet Sam and Alex Lowes at the recent San Marino Grand Prix where both twins were competing: Sam in Moto2 and Alex as a stand-in for the injured Bradley Smith in MotoGP...

Shaina:
My first question is to Alex; how did you feel when you first heard that you would be riding in MotoGP?

Alex Lowes:
Obviously I was very happy and it was a nice surprise for me. I'd dreamt about racing in MotoGP and now I have the opportunity to be here. Honestly, I was really excited.

Shaina:
How are you adapting to the MotoGP bike and the electronics?

Alex Lowes:
Silverstone was fantastic because it was my first grand prix and my home race. Honestly, the biggest difference between the World Superbike and MotoGP bike was actually the tyres and different riding style. Because the electronics are so good on a MotoGP bike, they are not so difficult to understand. There are some other areas that are quite difficult, but the bike is fantastic and I'm really enjoying the opportunity to try and understand and be faster.

Shaina:
What do you think about the first race and finishing in the points?

Alex Lowes:
It was great to finish in the points on my first race. I didn't know what to expect before the weekend because it was my first time with everything - the bike, tyres, team, other riders. Overall I was happy, but I'm not so happy about today's race!

Shaina:
What happened in the crash?

Alex Lowes:
For today's race the temperature was a lot higher and when the fuel tank is full at that start of the race I have some problems with the front. Then when I went into turn one I maybe made a small mistake, released the brake a little bit fast and lost the front. It's something I'm not used to on a Superbike. On a Superbike this feeling is a lot different. So maybe just a bit of experience. Before the crash I felt quite good.

Shaina:
Next year Sam will be in MotoGP with Aprilia. Do you think he will adapt more than you, because you always say you are better than your brother!

Alex Lowes:
[Laughs] If you ask him he will say the same, that he is better than me! Honestly, he will be very fast with a MotoGP bike. His style will be better for MotoGP than Moto2 so it should be good. But if we were on the same bike. I still think I'm faster - and he will say he is faster! We'll have to wait and see but I think he will do a very good job next year.

Shaina:
Next I have some questions for Sam, can you still fight for the world championship in Moto2?

Sam Lowes:
After today the championship is almost impossible. Already in the last couple of races we'd had some problems, so I did not really expect now to be world champion. The last race in Silverstone was not good for me because Zarco knocked me off and I didn't score any points. This is life... Now we just have to try and win some races and have fun.

Shaina:
What are your expectations for when your step up to the MotoGP bike - will you be better than your brother?

Sam Lowes:
Alex has only had two races and no tests. When I race in MotoGP I will have had many tests. I've already done a few tests with the bike. So it's not really fair to compare our results, but for sure in the first season we have to fight to be in the top ten.

Shaina:
The main sponsor of your Moto2 team is from Indonesia and you have been to Jakarta. Do you have any plans to teach some young riders on your next visit?

Sam Lowes:
I think at the end of the season we have some more visits planned to Jakarta. It should be nice. I really enjoyed my first visit. There are many people with a good passion for motorcycling there.

Shaina:
A question for you both. You are twins, you both race motorcycles and both have the same hobbies. What do you like and not like about each other?

Sam Lowes:
[Laughs] Obviously I think Alex is a nice guy and we're really close. I like the way he works with the racing. He is very strong minded and he works very hard, which I respect a lot. The thing I don't like? When he beats me at something!

Alex Lowes:
For me, one of the best things about Sam is he is funny. What I don't like about him? Maybe that he gets in trouble and then he tells people it's me! In the past it was even worse. This is not a good thing!

Sam Lowes:
Not a good thing for him, but it was a good thing for me!

Shaina:
Do people still get confused about which is Sam and which is Alex?

Alex Lowes:
All the time. Even if I have a Yamaha top, even if I'm sometimes still in my leathers, I can hear 'Sam! Sam!' And then away from the track obviously a lot more. Because when we are both together it is a bit easier, but when we are apart and we've seen people only one or two times before – always!

Sam Lowes:
But it's nice. It's something in life we're lucky to look quite similar and be twins and in the past we had a lot of fun changing and playing jokes with people!

Shaina:
What funny moments have you had as a twin?

Sam Lowes:
That we can say? At school I used to get into trouble all the time and blame it on Alex. Also with our parents. We've had many funny moments where people get us confused - mechanics in our teams...




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