WSS: Sam Lowes - Q&A

In the second half of last year a few things started to go wrong and there were some fallings out in the team, and to fight at the front of a world championship, everything has to be right. The bike needs to be good and you have to be happy in the team. It's not about luck when you win or lose a race, and the fact that things weren't right showed in the mistakes I and other people made.
So was it bike, team or rider?

Sam Lowes:
Obviously I'm not going to say rider! And I'm not going to say team because I'm trying to be nice and I'm not going to say bike because I like Honda. I know why the end of last year didn't go according to plan, but I'm not going to say it. I will say that if one of those elements isn't right then it's not going to happen though.
Your goal has to be the world championship right?

Sam Lowes:
In private I know I've got the potential to become world champion, I don't want to be big headed and say that to everyone though, but now I've got the team and the bike, I can do it.

Racing's my life and I'd literally do anything to become world champion.
What would you see as getting in the way of you getting the championship?

Sam Lowes:
Just him, just Kenan!

Also the fact that I haven't got so much experience on the bike, I've only ridden it at a couple of tracks. The Yamaha's potential is a lot more than the Honda, but it's a lot harder to set up as well. So us not having so much experience of the Yamaha may slow me down a bit on some tracks whereas Kenan has already had a year on the Kawasaki.
What was your hardest year in racing?

Sam Lowes:
That had to be in 2011. I didn't know any of the circuits and I had to learn all the tracks. I think I did a lot better that year than people give me credit for. I was 20 years old and got podiums in my first season in a world championship.

Also my good result at the first race at PI put pressure on me for the rest of the season. I was never comfortable and had to push harder than I wanted to so was making too many mistakes and had a few crashes and injuries
What do you think was the worst state you've been in on the grid before a race?

Sam Lowes:
Probably last year at Donington Park.

We did a white-water PR event before the race, and I swallowed loads of water. I was fine for practice on Friday, but two hours after getting off the bike I got really sick. I was having injections from the doctors and just couldn't keep out of the bathroom.

I was up all night and thought I was going to puke in my helmet in practice next morning so I didn't ride in the morning. Saturday afternoon I didn't feel any better, but we put on some qualifiers to try and get a time and I crashed on the last corner, probably because I was too weak. I got my hand stuck under the handlebar and broke and dislocated a finger, there was bone coming out of the skin and I was in Derby hospital until 2am being stitched up.

I was passed fit to ride on Sunday, but it was hurting even with an injection numbing my hand, but despite all that I went out and won the race. Halfway through the race my hand was hurting badly but at least I didn't feel sick anymore. I finished the weekend about two stone lighter than when I started it.

That just went from being one of the worst weekends to being one of my best weekends ever. I crossed the line in tears.
I've got money on you for the championship…

Sam Lowes:
Well that's it then, now I know you've got money on me I'll have to do it!

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Lowes, Supersport race, Australian WSBK 2013
Lowes, Supersport race, Australian WSBK 2013
Roberto Rolfo, Lucas Mahias, Photo Finish, [Credit: Dorna]
Kazuki Watanabe, Team Go Eleven Kawasaki, [Credit:]
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
Kieran Clarke will return to the World Supersport Championship in 2015 with PTR in the CIA Insurance Honda team
Kyle Smith - PATA Honda
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark celebrates podium finish at Phillip Island
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[L-R]: Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and Gino Rea, Donington Park WSS podium, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
David Salom, Kawasaki, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Gino Rea, Step Racing Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]

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Noel - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 10:52 PM

It's not a secret about PTR using funds from paid riders to back a lead rider but I didn't know they were using just 1 data guy for all. That's streching it a bit.

WSBKer - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 8:54 PM

Why go to Moto2 as a fill in rider on a budget string undeveloped bike when you can win races and championships on arguably the best WSS bike on the planet? Unless yamaha says they don't want him he should stick to the R6 like glue. The moment he drops that bike to go to Moto2 other riders will be lining up like crazy for that ride.

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