Lowes battles to third in challenging 10-lap race at Mugello

Sunday 22 May 2016

Sam Lowes and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 conquered a good third place finish and 16 valuable points for the championship today in the Italian Grand Prix, run over 10 laps after the first start was red flagged to repair a damaged section of airfence.

Lowes was leading the race and keeping a good pace when the race was stopped after just 3 laps: at the restart Sam kept the same hard tyres used in the previous race, those on he had worked during practice with excellent results. Started again from pole, Sam crossed the finish line of the first lap in sixth place but he was able to recover, fighting with determination and passing Schrotter, Syahrin and Luthi to claim third, just one second behind race winner Johann Zarco.

Today’s result, the fourth podium finish of the season, allows Lowes to get the Championship lead back with 98 points, two more than Spaniard Alex Rins, seventh at the finish today.


“I’m happy for this third place, even though I’m a bit disappointed because at the first start I was feeling very good and I could easily keep a good pace. We worked all weekend with the hard tyre for the race, so at the restart we decided to keep the same tyre used on the first start, but when we started the 10-lap race I had less grip than before. However, despite a bad start I was able to fight and pass Syahrin and Luthi, thus getting the podium. With a race on the full distance it would have been better, but after the difficulties of Le Mans is great to be competitive again: we have been fast and we fought, so I’m happy”.

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