MotoGP Assen: Lowes happy with race pace despite DNF - Bikesport News

MotoGP Assen: Lowes happy with race pace despite DNF

Gresini Kalex Moto2 rider Sam Lowes said that he was happy with his speed and Gresini bike, despite having his race ended shortly after a coming together with Jorge Martin.

The Brit, starting from the middle of the second row, was demonstrating his pace in the early stages fighting his way through before finding himself in part of a lead group consisting of seven riders.

Biding his time before mounting his attack, Lowes was a victim of a tough move from Martin at De Bult, leaving the Brit tumbling through the gravel. A split in his leathers just above the knee left Lowes with a deep graze on his knee, but no more serious injuries. Despite the DNF, Lowes admitted he was happy with the pace he showed, even if he is left thinking what if.

“This weekend we worked extremely well,” said Lowes.

“We had the pace to stay with the leaders and yes – it’s easy to say now – but we could have battled for the podium or even better. Unfortunately a coming together with an opponent took me out of the race: this is racing, but such an overtake so early in the race wasn’t necessary – but again, these things happen.”

Lowes also suggested that the work done this weekend could and possibly should benefit him next weekend in Germany.

“This morning we tried something at the front that we didn’t like, but during the race the bike was perfect,” he said.

“We were also probably the best Kalex team on track as I had the speed to fend off the attacks. This is very good for the next race.”

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