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Interview With Sam Lowes

Jun 182021

“At the minute it has sort of been me that’s been beating myself up rather than me getting beat.”

Sam Lowes the Lincolnshire man addressing just where he’s at seven rounds into the 2021 F.I.M. Moto2 Road Racing World Championship season. Yes, while Lowes went out and handily won the two opening races of the year at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, costly DNFs suffered at the ensuing Portugal, France and Italy Grands Prix were costly setbacks that caused the Marc VDS racer to tumble down the leader board to where he now hold station in a fourth place position. Undaunted, Lowes knows he has the speed and the pace to fulfill his absolute goal of becoming a Moto2 World Champion, but just needs to minimize the in-race mistakes and come to terms with the reality that beginning with Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland this weekend, there are still 12 races to go in what promises to be a marathon of a title chase. Having arrived at Sachsenring this afternoon for Sunday’s 28-lap, 63.8 mile Moto2 Grand Prix, Lowes was relaxed, in good spirits and ready to get to work at the 13-turn German racing circuit. With a few spare minutes on his hands, we spoke with him.

Sam, where are you and what are you up to this Thursday before the 2021 Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland? 

I’m just in Germany and I’ve just been through the paddock. We race this weekend here at the Sachsenring. We traveled today and we’ve just recently arrived. All good. I’ve just been around the track.

 

I’ve been able to speak with you a number of times during what has been the COVID dark ages. You guys are now fully back to racing and in a somewhat normal globetrotting rhythm of racing again. Good stuff for you?

Yeah, right now it’s starting to feel like the racing schedule is a bit more normal and now we’ve got a race this weekend and a race next weekend, so it is starting to feel a bit more back into reality. Especially last year, there was a lot of the unknown. You’d be racing somewhere and didn’t really know when the next one was even going to be because even thought it was scheduled, you couldn’t really confirm that it was definitely going to happen. You know, I found that hard to train for and to plan for. Now, though, I feel like things are getting back to normal and at least have the enjoyment of the races going forward now.

 

As far as the Sachsenring you just took a look at this morning, what do you make of the circuit and of the venue? Do you like the place?

Yeah, it’s very different to a lot of the tracks, you know? It’s quite small and technical. A lot of the time you’re on the side of the tire and you have to find the best way to find the grip, but not to overheat the left side of the tire because there are so many left corners in a row. It’s quite a challenging concept to find the grip so you can go quick, but to not overheat the tires so you’re struggling at the end of the race. It’s a track that I like and it is one that we obviously missed in 2020, so I’m really looking forward to getting here and racing. There’s always been close racing here. It’s such a short lap time – 1:23 or 1:24. It’s going to be hectic in Moto2. There will be very close racing here.

As far as your 2021 racing season thus far, you won the first two races at Qatar, but then made a few mistakes and failed to finish races at Portimao, Le mans and Mugello. Your currently a fighting fourth in the Moto2 World Championship. Something of a mixed bag of a season thus far?

Yeah, definitely a mixed bag. We’ve definitely given away some points. The Le Mans crash was a little bit of a racing incident and it was just overtaking on a damp track. Mugello was an unfortunate one to give a way a minimum of 20 points, if not 25 points. We gave the guys a bit of a head start, but at the minute it has sort of been me that’s been beating myself up rather than me getting beat. We just need to focus on these next two races at Germany and at Assen and to get some points on the board and to really kick it on after the summer break. After the break, I want to get started like we did at Qatar this year. I want to get back to that and back to winning some races. I think we’ve been a little bit below par since Qatar, but it’s not been about the speed, it’s been about getting the bike over the finish line. Every weekend we’ve been quick and the points have been available to us, we’ve just not been over the line at a few races and that’s what we need to really address. That’s definitely better than not having the pace.. At least that’s a positive.

 

Yes, I was going to say that you’ve been up front at the sharp end of the field in all seven races so far in ’21, so you know the speed and overall race pace is there, huh?

Yeah, I think the potential is obviously there. Starting with Qatar, we’ve had wins or been fighting for wins and podiums. We’ve just given a little bit away, but the season is long and we’ve got time on our side. It’s not like there are just two races to go. There are still a lot of races to go, but we really just need to start making the points count and take our potential and utilize it on Sunday.

 

Remy Gardner, Raul Fernandez, Fabio Giannantonio and yourself have all won races so far  in 2021. How have you seen the competition so far this season?

The two KTM Ajo riders are doing really well and they’ve finished every race, so they’ve actually racked up a lot of points and have been really fast everywhere. Obviously Marco Bezzecchi is third in the points. He’s a fellow Monster rider and he’s been doing a good job. I think it’s us four, really. Even though I’m only fourth in the standings, us four have been, lap times-wise, a little bit of a step above the rest, so I don’t see that changing too much. We just need to start taking some points away from those top two guys and to give them some more to think about. We’ve been giving them the speed on Friday and Saturday, but they’ve been getting it done on Sunday so that’s what we need to look at. But I think it will be us four guys are going to end up being in the top three at the end of the year and fighting between us.

 

No room to breath in that Moto2 classification with how straight-up fierce the competition us, huh? 

Yeah, in the last race we ended up in seventh and with just nine points, but from lap three until the end of the race, we were the fastest on track. We just got boxed in by being 13th on lap one. It’s very difficult in this class to make that gap up, I need to really focus on the starts and the first laps to put myself in the best positions. I think that’s the key in Moto2. Like you said, there is no room to breathe. If you’re a little bit behind the Eight-Ball in the first laps, you can ride as good as everyone else but it’s hard to make the time up. There’s a long ways to go and anything can happen. Definitely anything can happen. We do have to make it start happening on Sundays, but there is a long ways to go and we just need to keep racking those points up and get the ball rolling again.

 

Okay, my friend. What do you think? Can you win this thing come Valencia, Spain this November? 

I think we can win it, mate. I think we can win it and definitely take it right to the last race. We’re enjoying it, mate. We're enjoying it

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