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Sam Lowes reveals WSBK, Moto2 interest
2 July 2013
By Neil Morrison
Sam Lowes maintained his championship lead in the 2013 World Supersport championship at Imola with a gutsy second place, then admitted he has received a lot of interest to graduate from the class in 2014.
The Englishman had been fastest in every session throughout the weekend before Sunday afternoon, but a mistake on the first lap of the restarted race left him with too much work to catch eventual race winner Kenan Sofuoglu.
Lowes had been a full 0.8secs faster than anyone else on Friday afternoon. However championship rival Sofuoglu got the holeshot and with Lowes comfortably placed in the Turk's slipstream, the red flags stopped the race after Valentin Debise's Honda dumped oil on the run up to Piratella.
His getaway from the restart was less than exemplary and a mistake while fighting with Fabien Foret left the Englishman as low as ninth place at the end of the first lap. Speaking to assembled journalists after the race Lowes admitted he only had himself to blame.
“I messed up the start completely. It was my fault, I made a bad jump and the bike came up on me. On this track if you make a bad start you pay for it.
“Then going into the chicane at the top I went to pass Fabien and I either had to commit or go left to miss him. I thought it was better not to crash and to get some points. I had to let some people by and it was difficult to pass afterwards.”
After three laps he began to cut through the pack with relative ease and his lap record-breaking pace placed him behind teammate Vladimir Leonov in second position going into the final lap. A move at the final chicane guaranteed second, his sixth podium of the year.
“I couldn't push like I wanted, it was difficult to make the pass so I wasn't so aggressive. I just had to wait. I saw 'L7 to go' on the pit board and I put the head down. After that it was 1min 51, 1min 51, 1min 51.”
Lowes later went on to admit he is keen to graduate from the Supersport class next year and has been attracting the attention of several teams from the World Superbike and Moto2 classes.
“I'm happy, I'm still only 22 and I'm ready to do something else. Maybe Moto2 or Superbike, I don't know. I'm in a lot nicer position that I have been in previous years and I'm receiving interest, which is very nice.
“But I have to race at Russia and Silverstone, two very important races for me, and then I want to get it all sorted.”
Briefly reflecting on his season so far - which has included four race wins, three fastest laps and six pole positions - Lowes admitted he is more than content.
“In the last five races I've had four firsts and a second, pole positions and fastest laps. I'm very happy. Even in Aragon, when we had a problem on the last lap, I would have got either first or second. I have a bigger point lead now than I had before Portimão.
“That's the first big mistake of the season, putting it on the grass on the first lap. If someone had said I'd be here at the start of the year I'd have been happy.”
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