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MotoGP Valencia: Lowes sees sense in sitting out day two

A heavy crash at the close of Tuesday leaves Sam Lowes “a bit sore and stiff”, feels it was best to focus on recovering full fitness ahead of Jerez test.
Sam Lowes has said it was “a shame” that injury forced him to sit out the second day of testing at Valencia after a fast fall on Tuesday left him feeling “a bit sore, a bit stiff.”

While adapting to Aprilia's RS-GP MotoGP machine after three years in the Moto2 class, the Englishman was one of several riders to crash at turn twelve over the test, the subsequent rolling through the gravel tweaking Lowes' neck.

A decision was made on Wednesday morning to sit the final day out. With three days of testing penned in at Jerez next week, Lowes felt it best to recuperate ahead of then.

“I feel alright,” said Lowes on Wednesday evening. “Obviously I hit my neck quite hard yesterday. It's a bit sore, a bit stiff and because we've got the test next week it's better to stay good for then. It meant we missed today but in the end it's just one of them things.

“It was the same crash as [Alex] Rins and {Andrea] Iannone had. I just hit the tyre wall really hard. It's a shame really, as I was having a really productive day. But we've got so much testing and so much time that it's better to just chill out a bit and wait for next week.

“I just locked the front as soon as I touched the brakes. It's not easy to understand with the Michelins, with the carbon brakes… I don't know. My front wheel was on the track. I don't normally brake there [on the white line].

“It's a shame as it was in a nice run. The tyre had done 29 laps. I went in similar to the laps before. The track temperature was dropping. Maybe it was me being a bit aggressive with the brakes. It's something we need to understand. I'm learning a new bike. It's going to be the way a little bit.

“It's a shame because we had a lot of stuff for today. Next week we get the 2017 front and three days of testing so that's the most important.”

While the fall represented a minor blow to Lowes, he is confident that didn't lose too much valuable track time, and feels that new team-mate Aleix Espargaro's showing in Valencia underlines the potential of the bike.

“Of course it's frustrating. But in the bigger picture, not really. In the grand scheme of things it's not really going to make much difference. At this test I only had one bike. Next week I'll have all the latest stuff. It'll work out in the end. Of course it's frustrating.

“The bike here was so different to what I had tested before anyway. Because of the end of the season, being on the Moto2 bike, I sort of forgot about that a little bit. It's still nice to ride.

"If we put a new tyre in at the end [of Tuesday] I think we would have improved quite a lot. I'm quite relaxed. I'm happy about it. Aleix has shown that the bike has got good potential. It's one of them things. It's not the end of the world.

“The most important thing is that I don't have to get on a Moto2 bike now. Yesterday [Tuesday] I was focusing on riding the bike in the correct way. During [previous] testing we could see that I was doing some things, not wrong, but too Moto2 style.

“Now I'm starting to change my riding style. So it's one step backwards to take two forward. We've got a long time to do that and in the end we'll get to where we need to be.”

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Sam Lowes, Aprilia, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
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November 19, 2016 10:35 AM

Top of the "all-classes-combined" crashers charts published on this week, and by a margin. 30 crashes this season or 1.67 crashes per GP weekend. With stats like that it was odds on he would, again, crash during this Valencia test. He has talent, without question, but he HAS to focus on finding out what in him makes him crash so much, and someone needs to HELP him because he does not seem to realise yet that it IS a problem. Otherwise two things will happen : one day he will have a VERY SERIOUS crash, and he will never fulfil his potential.


November 22, 2016 3:50 PM

i think Lowes has a lot to prove next year. He got what he wanted this year ie same chassis as everyone else, but made little difference as he still crashed just as much. For me he still has a supersports style and not a prototype racing style. Saying marquez backs it in so it must be ok is not an answer as that guy is a freak and seems to be able to ride anything very fast. Hope he doesn't keep throwing it down the road trying to keep up with the other rookies as he may only get a year on the bike.

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