After a pair of fourth places at Jerez, Sam Lowes has his sights set firmly on a return to the Moto2 podium at Brno this weekend.

Despite missing Qatar due to a shoulder injury in testing, the new Marc VDS rider has gone on to enjoy his best start to a world championship since 2016, the season before his ill-fated move to MotoGP with Aprilia.

Not only were the fourth places his best race results since Valencia 2016, but Lowes has also shown outright pace by being a front-row qualifier at both events.

"I arrive at Brno feeling great and motivated after the two races in Jerez. I felt very good on the bike and we found a good rhythm," said Lowes, who lost out on a podium by 1.4s and then just 0.6s respectively in Spain.

"After being so close to the podium in two races in a row, our objective is to make the podium that we didn't achieve at Jerez a reality.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing to work with the team in the same way as we have been doing so far.”

Lowes previously stood on the Moto2 podium at Brno in 2016, finishing third behind Jonas Folger and Alex Rins.

"Brno is a great circuit where I was on the podium in a difficult wet race… It's a track I like and where I can be fast," he said.

Lowes is currently tied with Jorge Martin for sixth in the world championship.

Team-mate Augusto Fernandez finished 13th in both Jerez races and is 18th in the standings.

 

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