Sam Lowes is eager to finish the Moto2 season on a high as he prepares to make the step up to the MotoGP World Championship in 2017.
Lowes, who will join the Gresini Aprilia team in the premier class next season, clinched pole at Aragon and with the Moto2 title realistically out of his reach, the British rider is determined to win more races during the final five rounds of the championship.
“I'd like to finish to be honest is the first thing! If you want to be world champion you can't not score points in four out of five races and that's the reality. For me now it's just about going out, working hard and trying to win, so I want to try and win or podium. In my head now the championship is not possible but in racing you never know,” said Lowes.
“Those two guys [Johann Zarco and Alex Rins] this weekend have not been as fast and the championship is about them, so obviously it's going to be a bigger race for them than it is for me. I just need to go out there, have some fun and try and win some more races before the end of the year and try and leave Moto2 in a good way.”
The Federal Oil Gresini rider says tyre management will be crucial in Sunday's race but is confident he can last the distance.
“It's been a good weekend and I really enjoy this track. We've had a difficult mid part of the season, the base has been there, we've just made some mistakes and a few things didn't quite go our way in some races.
“This weekend I've worked hard and I'm really fast on old tyres and I was fast in qualifying, which was nice. I think it'll be a good race: at the start of the race I think there will be a few guys who can make the pace and then at the end it's going to be about who can manage the tyres,” Lowes added.
“I feel quite good and the tyres are a bit different here to what we've used before and you can do a lot of laps without much drop.”