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Lowes victory dreams remain on hold

Sam Lowes crashes out of a comfortable lead at Assen as he is forced to wait longer for his maiden World Supersport victory.
Sam Lowes's dreams of breaking his World Supersport victory duck have been put on hold after crashing out of the lead at a treacherous Assen.

The British rider has been a consistent front runner since making his WSS debut at the beginning of the 2011 season, but while he has now managed three pole positions, seven podiums and several stints in the lead of races, he is yet to stand atop the rostrum.

Even so, things looked positive for Lowes at Assen as he broke away into a fairly comfortable lead, but the slippery conditions would catch him out on lap six. Though he re-joined in 13th, another crash as a consequence of the damage sustained in the original fall would eventually consign him to the sidelines.

Though Fabien Foret's failure to score means the 14 point margin to the series leader remains stagnant, Lowes was disappointed to see his hopes of a first victory go wanting again.

"It was a difficult race," the Bogdanka PTR rider said. "After the start it was raining pretty hard so I took it steady but then it got better and I had speed and felt really good. Later on it started to rain again on parts of the track and because I was in front I didn't know what to expect.

“There was some standing water in some corners and I took it slower than on the lap before. I was completely off the throttle or brake but just aquaplaned round. I got going again but the bike was a bit damaged, the handlebar was moving, and in one of the slow corners I had my slowest crash ever and couldn't continue.

“I'm really sorry for the team and sponsors and can't wait to get to Monza and make up for this."


Tagged as: Assen , Sam Lowes , bogdanka ptr

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ANDREW SHERIF - Unregistered

April 24, 2012 2:10 PM

I think we should all stop worrying (including sam) with the pace he can run in the wet and dry, the results will come. Look at Nicky Haydens moto gp winning year.......you don't always have to win to win!!!

FlyByWire - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 2:53 AM

@Sweeble "for me Sam has already proved he can be an effective force in WSS and shouldn't hang around there. He needs to be looking at Moto2 to further his career." WTF? The kid hasnt even prooved he has a consistent race pace in WSS, so why the hell sould he move to moto2 exactly?I saw kenan S. do it and go downbeat every race. And he had nothing left to prove at WSS.Then he came back to wss to win round 1 2012, and said he had gone through a nightmare of politics in the GP paddock, so he made the right choice to comeback. What do you think would happen to Lowes when if he found some characters like Marquez,Ianonne and others? They probably would chew him for breakfast.



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