Sam Lowes will be Aprilia's only rider at this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP, following a hand injury for team-mate Aleix Espargaro last Sunday at Phillip Island.

While disappointed that the Spaniard will be absent, it will mean that the English rookie - who will switch back to Moto2 next season - will receive some technical updates for the Sepang event.

"I've had a really good relationship with my team-mate and it's not nice to see him injured. I feel sorry for him," Lowes said.

"Obviously I'd prefer Aleix to be here. But of course it's nice to have a few bits. This track has a couple of points where we are all flat out, so anything that can help there [on the straights] is spot on.

"It'll maybe be more on Saturday than tomorrow because, like a lot of people, we work the mileage out to have a new engine for Saturday. We will have some bits. Gearbox and that will be different for here… not for Valencia. I've been told already!

"The bike is improving. This weekend I'll also run the new wing fairing, which I did run in Phillip Island, but only on one bike. I'll have that on both bikes here."

Lowes finished 19th out of 22 riders at Phillip Island last Sunday, having made big changes for the race. A direction he will continue to explore at Sepang.

"Friday at Phillip Island I felt okay but Saturday I really struggled in the cold qualifying, for feeling and also on the data we had no temperature in the tyre," Lowes explained.

"So we changed the bike a lot for the race. Lot shorter, lot different and in the end it was quite a good race, but a lot of things were new for me. We are going to continue with that this weekend.

"There's two races to go, of course it's not been great [season] but I want to try and finish in the best way possible and we'll keep working hard. I honestly think I can have a good weekend here. I need to be trying to get into the points again and have a solid ride."

Just days after next month's Valencia finale, Lowes will start a new chapter in his career by making his debut on the KTM Moto2 bike, which claimed a first victory with a perfect one-two finish in Australia last weekend.

"I'll be testing in Jerez the week after the Valencia race. Then the week after that it'll be back to Valencia," Lowes said.

There will be some personnel changes at the Interwetten team for 2018, with Thomas Luthi taking his crew chief up to MotoGP.

"A lot of [my team] will be people that are there now. Luthi's crew chief is going to go with him to MotoGP and they are going to have a bit of a move around inside the team so there will also be a couple of new people," Lowes said.

"I should know more in the next couple of weeks. I believe in them. That's why I signed that deal. So I'll let them sort it out. It'll be good."


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