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20/10/2020 News

Lowes doubles up in Aragon

 

MotoGP World Championship - Grand Prix of Aragon

Fresh off the back of victory at Le Mans, Sam Lowes once more took the chequered flag at Motorland Aragon. The Total rider is now only 2 points off the lead in the Moto2 world championship.

Moto2

It’s a really good moment for me. I just need to keep this momentum.” Speaking immediately after riding to victory in the Grand Prix of Aragon, Sam Lowes saw no reason to hide his pleasure. In the form of his life, the Briton took a second straight victory with a faultless display of racing. Having claimed pole position the previous day, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider played his hand to perfection in the face of stiff competition from two Italians, Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio. When the latter crashed out, he piled pressure on the former, ultimately forcing him into an error with the finish line approaching. The winner by over four seconds, Sam Lowes is currently demonstrating a higher level of consistency than at any point since he first competed in the world championship. “It’s the first time in my career I’ve had four podiums in a row and had back-to-back wins,” enthused the Briton. “The team are doing a fantastic job. Now we just need to be smart race-by-race and take the good points.” Hampered by arm-pump issues on his right side, Augusto Fernandez endured a tricky weekend in Aragon. Starting well down the grid, the Spaniard was nonetheless confident that he could fight back for a place in the top five. It wasn’t to be, and he eventually rode home in eleventh. “I didn't expect to be so slow,” he admitted. “I lost ground right from the start and was struggling with rear grip. Then during the last laps, I started to feel my arm again.”

MotoGP

Racing on home soil, Spaniard Iker Lecuona had an extra cause for motivation at the weekend. Despite encountering the same tyre degradation issues as the other KTM riders, Nicolas Goyon’s protégé battled back into the points and finished in fourteenth position. “I'm happy because I had the pace to finish in the top ten,” said the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider. “I stayed behind Miguel for a long time, saving my tyres, and then I managed to overtake him. I rode a good race, fast and steady.” His teammate found the going a lot tougher in the final kilometres. “I was competitive for the first half of the race,” explained Oliveira. “Then my tyres disintegrated and so did my lap times. It was hard work trying to manage the situation during the last few laps.”

Moto3

Even if neither ultimately managed to break into the top ten, Ayumu Sasaki and Deniz Öncü both picked up points from the eleventh round of the Moto3 world championship. The Japanese rider was another to complain of tyre issues towards the end of the race, while his Turkish teammate saw his chances of a podium finish slip away after an early error that resulted in him losing contact with the leading group.

The championship

Boosted by his second win of the season in Aragon, coupled with Luca Marini’s retirement, Sam Lowes moves to within 2 points of the new Moto2 championship leader, Enea Bastianini. The victory was Lowes’ fourth podium finish in a row, the first such sequence by a British rider in the intermediate Grand Prix category since Rodney Gould in 1972. It is also the first time a Briton has taken back-to-back Moto2 victories since 2013. His teammate Augusto Fernandez picks up another 5 points to hold onto thirteenth place overall. Both KTM Tech3 riders drop down a place in the MotoGP standings. Miguel Oliveira sits in tenth position, with Iker Lecuona further back in nineteenth. In Moto3, Deniz Öncü and Ayumu Sasaki are level on points in twentieth and nineteenth places in the overall standings.

 

CATEGORY RIDER RACE CHAMPIONSHIP
MOTOGP Miguel Oliveira 16th 10th (69 points)
  Iker Lecuona 14th 19th (20 points)
MOTO2 Sam Lowes 1st 2nd (153 points)
  Augusto Fernandez 11th 13th (54 points)
MOTO3 Ayumu Sasaki 13th 19th (23 points)
  Deniz Öncü 15th 20th (23 points)

 

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