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27/10/2020 News

Lowes rises to the top

 

MotoGP World Championship - Teruel Grand Prix 

Following a third successive victory, Sam Lowes now leads the Moto2 World Championship. Elsewhere, the Tech3 team secured their first ever podium finish in the Moto3 class at Motorland Aragon.

Moto2

Whereas Sam Lowes was made to wait at the Grand Prix of Aragon a week before, biding his time before taking victory in the closing stages ahead of Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin, this time the Brit left nothing to chance. Starting from pole, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider led the Teruel Grand Prix from the very first corner, setting the pace and gradually pulling away from the pack. Having set the lap record as he flew past the grandstand for the second time, Sam Lowes went on to take the chequered flag at the circuit in Alcañiz by over eight seconds, ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini. “The team did a fantastic job improving the bike from the first race in Aragon,” enthused the former Supersport world champion. “I said to myself that if we could have three really strong results in this triple header we can fight for the championship and that’s what has happened. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.” In doing so, Lowes became the first British rider to claim three successive victories in the intermediate Grand Prix category since Phil Read, way back in 1971. Having started from ninth on the grid, Augusto Fernandez fought hard for a top five finish before fading in the closing stages. “My rear tyre dropped a lot at the end of the race,” said the Spaniard, who ultimately crossed the line in eighth position. “I couldn’t battle with the others any more, I just had to take it. I still really enjoyed the race. There are still three Grand Prix to come, I’m going to keep fighting to get a podium before the end of the season.”

MotoGP

Not for the first time when the same track has hosted back-to-back races this year, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 riders showed a marked improvement at the second time of asking. Having been out of sorts the previous week, Miguel Oliveira rode home in sixth place at the Teruel Grand Prix. “We’ve found solutions to manage the tyres better,” believes the Portuguese rider, who had qualified in eighth position. “I’m a bit disappointed with the result because I thought I could finish in the top five, but it was hard work trying to pass Zarco towards the end.” Iker Lecuona finished ninth, thereby equalling his best result of the season in Austria. Having started down in eleventh, the Spaniard crossed the finish line within three seconds of Fabio Quartararo in eighth place. 

Moto3

Hervé Poncharal can look back at the weekend with the satisfaction of a job well done. Ayumu Sasaki secured a maiden podium for his team, which is still in its debut season in Moto3, as he took second place in the Teruel Grand Prix behind Spaniard Jaume Masia. Better still, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider crossed the line less than a tenth of a second behind the race winner. “I’m really happy with this result,” said the Japanese rider. “My introduction to Grand Prix racing has been really tough, but today I understood what was needed to claim victory. I feel that I’m very close to that first win.” His teammate Deniz Öncü equalled his best result of the season with a repeat of the seventh place that he had picked up in Austria in August.

The Championship

Sam Lowes takes the lead in the Moto2 World Championship off the back of three successive victories. The British rider sits on 178 points, 7 points ahead of Italian Enea Bastianini in second. Augusto Fernandez also moves up a spot in the overall standings. He now occupies twelfth place, only 10 points behind Swiss rider Thomas Lüthi in ninth. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira remains tenth while Iker Lecuona climbs two places to seventeenth, on 27 points. In Moto3, Ayumu Sasaki also moves up two places. With only three races to go, he lies in fifteenth on 43 points. Deniz Öncü remains nineteenth with 32 points.

 

CATEGORY RIDER RACE CHAMPIONSHIP
MOTOGP Miguel Oliveira 6th 10th (79 points)
  Iker Lecuona 9th 17th (27 points)
MOTO2 Sam Lowes 1st 1st (178 points)
  Augusto Fernandez 8th 12th (62 points)
MOTO3 Ayumu Sasaki 2nd 15th (43 points)
  Deniz Öncü 7th 19th (32 points)

 

  • MotoGP World Championship - Teruel Grand Prix

  • MotoGP World Championship - Teruel Grand Prix

  • MotoGP World Championship - Teruel Grand Prix

  • MotoGP World Championship - Teruel Grand Prix

  • MotoGP World Championship - Teruel Grand Prix