At just 25 years old, Sam Lowes has already proven himself as one of the UK’s biggest racing talents. He has climbed the racing ranks with hard work, sheer determination and unwavering commitment, which paid off in 2013 when he was crowned the FIM World Supersport Champion.
Sam’s passion for racing was ignited at the age of eight when he began competing in motocross. He was successful in the discipline, winning two club championships, but his ultimate goal was always to get into road racing as soon as possible. 2002 saw Sam make the move to the JRA Championship, where he finished fourth. The following season he moved to the Aprilia Superteen Championship, taking three race wins and finishing sixth overall.
In 2004 Sam stepped aboard his first GP machine in the GP125 MRO Championship, where he finished fourth. At 15 years old Sam rode in the British 125GP Championship and one year later he took his first win, and placed sixth overall.
In 2007 he rode in the British Supersport Championship with the year proving to be a huge learning curve. For all but two rounds was still only 16 years old – the minimum age for riders to compete on a 600cc machine.
Sam joined his twin brother Alex in 2008 racing in the European Superstock 600 Championship, but returned to the UK the following season to compete in the British Supersport Cup, where he won the series and recorded nine wins from 11 starts.
All Sam’s experience paid off in 2010 when he won the British Supersport Championship, claiming the title at the penultimate round at Silverstone. During the season Sam broke several lap records, claimed three pole positions and five race wins, including a win at his home round at Cadwell Park.
The FIM World Supersport Championship beckoned in 2011 and saw Sam collect impressive results with six podium finishes – his highest in second place. Sam remained in the WSS championship in 2012 and went on to win two races, his first on home-soil at the European round at Donington Park, and then again at Aragón – he finished third overall.
In 2013 Sam had his most successful season to-date winning the FIM World Supersport Championship. During the season Sam won six races and was on the podium 11 times, securing the title with 250 points at the penultimate round at Magny-Cours.
2014 sees a new challenge for Sam, as he makes his debut in the Moto2 Championship with the Speed Up team.
2015 Moto2 World Championship
2015 was Sam’s most successful year in the Moto2 World Championship. He finished fourth in the standings overall and was the only rider to complete a full season on a Speed Up chassis, with the majority of the other riders using Kalexes.
However, Sam’s season didn’t get off to a good start at Qatar. After starting from pole, he crashed out of the race after only a few laps. “I went on to a part of the track which is dusty and tucked the front,” he explained after the race. “I was disappointed as Tito Rabat also crashed out. It would have made been nice to have made a solid start and get some points for the team.”
Sam’s luck improved at Austin, when he clinched the fastest lap of the race and took his first win in Moto2. This was followed by a strong third place finish in Argentina from fourth on the grid. Jerez, round four, was the low point of the year for Sam though as he finished a disappointing 20th place after running with faulty rear tyre. “In warm-up I was really consistent and finished third,” explained Sam, “but then in the race we had a problem with the tyre and it was impossible to ride the bike. I was three-seconds-a-lap slower than I think I could’ve gone.”
Next were three fourth place finishes at Le Mans, Mugello and Catalunya, and a third place at Assen. At Germany’s Sachsenring, Sam took one fifth place but then crashed out with five laps to go while in sixth place in Indianapolis. A fifth and sixth in Brno and Silverstone were followed by a DNF in Misano, after a team error meant that Sam’s rear mudguard disintegrated and he was black flagged.=
Things were more positive in Aragon, with Sam finishing third before the riders headed to Japan, where he ended in eighth. He finished the final three rounds with a comfortable second place in Australia, a 13th in a difficult race in Sepang, and a fifth in Valencia after starting from tenth on the grid.
|Date of Birth||14 September 1990|
|Hobbies||Golf, training, motocross, going to the cinema and having fun!|
|First Race||2002 - Three Sisters, Wigan - Cagiva|
|First Win||2002 - Darley Moor - Cagiva|
|Moto2 Debut||2014 - Qatar|
|First WSS Win||2012 - Donignton Park, England|
|Total WSS Wins||8 - x6 2013, x2 2012|
|Total WSS Podiums||23 - x11 2013, x6 2012, x6 2011|