Heroic Lowes in the points in Valencian GP

Sunday 15 November 2020

A day after injuring his right hand, Sam Lowes produces a brave performance to score two crucial world championship points for 14th.

The two points scored by Sam today met his expectations and is enough to keep his championship hopes alive. He can still overhaul leader Enea Bastianini in next weekend’s season finale at Portimao, Portugal.

Having used the warm-up session to test the condition of his hand, 30-year old Lowes had a steady start and found space on the track when 21st in the early laps.

By lap twelve Lowes had found some great rhythm. He was running the same lap times as the leaders and soon overtook Thomas Luthi and Fernández ahead. To come home 15s behind the race winner was a tremendous effort.

Those two important points mean Lowes remains second in the World Championship with 180 points, 14 behind Bastianini with 25 still to play.

“We go to the last round of the championship with a chance”

“In the end we were a tiny bit lucky because some guys crashed at the end. But that was me last week so that’s racing. I dug deep. The first laps were difficult. I didn’t feel very agile on the bike so I couldn’t be really smooth. But once I did a few more laps and the fuel level was a bit less, the bike was a bit lighter and I managed to just stay in the group. It wasn’t so nice to ride because there was a bit more wind today so the bike was moving a lot more and I was struggling with the hand. But no excuses. I’m really happy to get the two points. The crash yesterday was a big one and the team did a great job rebuilding the bike. It’s unfortunate for the championship but we got two points. We go to the last round of the championship with a chance. This is what we wanted from today. It could’ve been worse. We’ll just keep working hard. I’ll have another check on the hand tonight. Hopefully there is no further damage and we can take the next few days to improve even more and then we’ll look forward to Portugal.”

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