Richly deserved podium for Lowes in Brno

Monday 10 August 2020

Sam Lowes rode a faultless race to finish second at the Czech Grand Prix

The Lincolnshire rider carried his excellent weekend form into Sunday by setting the fastest time in morning warm-up. Lowes placed either first or second in every session this weekend.

Starting from second on the grid, the 28-year old was demoted to third at the first turn. But the Englishman showed great determination to pass Joe Roberts for second at turn three on lap two.

Lowes then set about cutting the 0.8s deficit to Enea Bastianini, who had led from the first turn. His lap times were incredibly consistent and never gave up. Even on the final lap he was pushing the leader, closing to within 0.4s of first by the chequered flag.

Second place is Lowes’ first podium finish in grand prix racing since the Grand Prix of Aragon in September, 2016. The 20 points for second promote him to fourth in the World Championship, 27 points behind the leader.

“It was nice to be fighting at the front again”

“It was nice to be fighting at the front again! All weekend I’ve felt good. In the middle of the race I didn’t quite have enough for Bastianini. He rode really smoothly. I made a few mistakes. Well done to him. He’s coming off a great result at Jerez. He’s come here and ridden well. I can still take the positives. In the race I was losing too much time in one corner and it was hard to come back from that. Anyway, I just have to say thank you to the team because in every session the bike improves a lot and each weekend I feel comfortable. That’s something I’ve been missing these past few years. Thanks to them and hopefully we can keep this going and take this form to Austria!”

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