After completing the 2017 MotoGP season with Aprilia at Valencia, Sam Lowes began a new chapter in his career with a KTM Moto2 debut at a private Jerez test (top picture).

The Englishman, a Moto2 race winner with both Speed Up and Kalex, was tenth quickest (+1.1s) during his first day with the CGBM Evolution team and KTM chassis on Thursday.

VR46 Kalex rider Francesco Bagnaia set the day one pace with a 1m 41.873s, putting the Italian 0.293s ahead of Alex Marquez (Marc VDS Kalex), with Miguel Oliveira third (+0.441s) for the factory KTM team.

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Danny Kent (above) is making his Speed Up debut at the test. The former Moto3 world champion was 16th out of 26 riders on day one (+1.463s), just behind new Pons signing Hector Barbera (below), who - like Lowes - is switching from MotoGP to Moto2.

Moto2 testing continues on Friday, while a private MotoGP test will be held at the circuit next week.



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So that's Lowes, Kent, Crutchlow, Smith, Redding riding in MotoGP and Moto2, and McPhee in Moto3. What's the betting that the BTSports presenters call all the English riders British and McPhee will be Scottish? Would understand if the presenters were jocks but they're all English (apart from Edwards). It's about time they showed some pride in the achievements of their own nations riders! Once they have stopped sucking up to each other of course.

Your remark would make more sense if McPhee had worn a Union Jack crash helmet while riding for the British Talent Team.

Kind of understand where you're coming from but it's also good to be inclusive after all we've achieved more together than we could have apart.......back to the racing,surprised to see Danny Kent doing as well as he is, he must be 'ring rusty' not having ridden competitively for such a long time plus he's on a speed up chassis which doesn't seem to be flavour of the month at the minute, hope he can keep the progress going as he obviously has talent.....