WSBK » Sam Lowes tests MV Agusta Superbike

MV Agusta appears increasingly likely to step up to the World Superbike Championship in 2014 as Sam Lowes tests the firm's F4RR in Italy.

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September 10, 2013 9:06 AM

Rexxy and others. How can you say he wouldnt be at the sharp end of Moto2. Hes currently beating Sofuoglu easily and the Kawasaki is a far better allround machine. Who would he have to beat in Moto2 ? Hes as good as Redding in my opinion and a better size for moto2.
Give the guy some credit.


September 10, 2013 9:23 AM

Agree with tomcol, it HAS to be Moto2 for Sam, and from there on a progression into MotoGP. Maybe with Tech 3 if he can set aside the Yaknich contract.

WSBK is a dead end series and Dorna will keep on dumbing it down until it's just an EVO proddy ch'ship. No major MotoGP teams will recruit from WSBK in future, all the riders will come from Moto2. And Sam is no spring chicken when you look at the ages of Redding and Marquez. If he has any serious ambtion to go to MotoGP (and I know he does), then he has to start graduating towards that now. WSBK would be a big mistake.


September 10, 2013 4:49 PM

Sam Lowes will get a ride in W.S.B. without a doubt as he is one of the best riders I have seen in a long time - as is his brother Alex! I don't know why MotoGP is mentioned because that is another story and not one I would want to get involved in as it is a road to nowhere!! At least in W.S.B. he stands every chance of winning a world title - in MotoGP he would have none as it is all about the bikes that are only given to the chosen few!


September 10, 2013 5:53 PM

This a false good deal for Lowes. The MV would come as a completely undeveloped bike to a field of already competitive bikes. It could cost him dearly if MV dont develop it spot on from the start. If yaknich can get their hands on a R1 from yamaha Italia like their r6, they should try to embrace that.

As for the Moto2 option, it wouldnt work for Sam, as he is a production based racer, and never really got into that finesse tuning world that is Motogp and the lower cathegories. Its just another kind of school Sam never had in his career. Were talking about adjustments of mm agains those of cm on the production bikes, and some other stuff that production bikes arent allowed to change. He would be thrown to shark tank, into the claws of guys with much more experience in that type of racing.

It wouldnt be a good option for him. Sorry!


September 12, 2013 5:21 AM

re: "I would take the MV factory ride. Factory means more $, more support and more perks."

not with MV it don't.

while I would like to see them get back on the world stage, I wouldn't be so quick to believe all their promises. take EVERYTHING they say with a grain of salt.


September 24, 2013 3:50 AM

WSBK racing enthusiasts and TV commentators LOVE to see a grid/races with many different manufactures and MV has a great history back story.
IN WSS this year the Camera and TV commentators put TWICE the Coverage of the MV Agusta F3 675R PAGO Team running in third than they did the LEADER/WINNER LOWES ON HIS YAMAHA.

No one expects the MV Agusta F4RR to be a winner right out the box . BUT people will come wanting to see the MV marque on the World Superbike stage again and will cheer them on even if they are not winning .
You have to admire MV Agusta engineers. MV Agusta is a small company compared to the Japanese Manufacterers. Yet this small company has been able to take a 10 YEAR OLD ENGINE DESIGN and produce MORE horsepower than ANY of the Japanese Manufactures in the literbike class.
I am not saying they are going to win right out of the gate , but I think they will surprise the nay sayers and be able to run in the top 5 . And with Lowes as there rider podium f


September 24, 2013 3:57 AM

I don't know how big Sam lowes is , but in MotoGP
SIZE MATTERS. Chazz Davies has the skills to run
in MotoGP. But as History has shown, the added weight of a NORMAL size rider puts him at a disadvantage too great to overcome .

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