Sam Lowes finished a disappointed 16th in Sunday’s Moto2 race at COTA with the Englishman an unfortunate victim of the first corner accident that saw Josh Herrin go in too deep to the first corner and cause a chain reaction that saw five riders fall.
Speaking to Crash.net after an eventful race Lowes said that any injuries from the crash were largely superficial with bruising on his hip causing some discomfort initially:
“The crash knocked the wind out of me and it took me a bit to get my breath back,” commented the reigning World Super Sports champion. “It wasn’t too bad I hit hip but after a few minutes it was alright. The right handlebar was a bit damaged so it took a few laps to get used to that.”
The incident saw Lowes fall to the back of the pack and finish the first lap a distant last having lost over 30s as a result. Over the course of the race however he did well to pick off some of the backmarkers in the early laps and gradually ease his way into the battle for the final point of the day before having to settle for 16th.
When asked about the crash and the resultant loss of time Lowes said:
“Herrin came up the inside, he came and apologised afterwards, but I had nowhere to go and my bike was at the bottom of the pile so I lost 32s on the first lap. I finished 50s off the winner. The pace compared to qualifying was mega, I was faster on the last lap than in qualifying, and every lap was good and consistent. I’m 100% confident that I would have been top ten and maybe even better today which would have been good for the first time here at a tough track to learn. I’m gutted but I’ll take a lot of positives from today.”
Having finished sixth in the season opening Qatar Grand Prix it has been an encouraging start to the campaign for the rookie with the next round of the championship seeing the Grand Prix circus move to an all new circuit in Argentina.