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30/09/2020 News

More podium joy for Lowes

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Following an impressive outing at last weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix, Sam Lowes gave another demonstration of his speed around the Misano World Circuit by claiming his second podium of the season at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

“When you’ve got two consecutive races around the same track, the second one is always even tighter,” said Sam Lowes. “Everyone has time to fine-tune their settings and to sort out any issues.” And so it proved at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy, the second race in successive weeks around the Misano World Circuit. Last week, Sam Lowes had shone in claiming pole position before advancing through the field after starting the race from the pit lane. This weekend, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider again excelled, taking the chequered flag in third position. “I’m really happy with this podium finish because the whole team really deserves it,” he declared at the conclusion of the race, which was reduced to 10 laps following a rain interruption. “I wasn’t in the greatest position on the grid, but I found my rhythm nice and early and managed to overtake the riders ahead of me.” Unfortunately, it was a different story for teammate Augusto Fernandez. Despite a strong performance in practice, the Spaniard was never truly in the race and had to settle for a modest eighteenth place at the finish. In the MotoGP class, Miguel Oliveira rode to a fine fifth place, only seven seconds behind race winner Maverick Viñales. “Even though I benefitted from some crashes, I’m very happy with my race,” said the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider. “I felt good on the bike and didn't make any mistakes. At the flag, I claimed some important points for the championship.” For a time, Iker Lecuona looked set to claim his best result in MotoGP. However, he crashed with three laps to go in the midst of a battle for the top six. “It’s the only mistake I made but it was fatal for me,” the Spaniard declared ruefully, having lost the front of his KTM under braking. In Moto3, Deniz Öncü came home in seventh place, his best result since his debut Grand Prix. “I managed to finish within sight of the leaders, despite a slow start,” said the Turkish rider, who also suffered two crashes in practice. Ayumu Sasaki crossed the line in fourteenth position. “It’s not a dream result but, after finishing empty-handed two races running, I’m happy to get a couple of points on the board,” said the Japanese Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider. The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend also featured two rounds of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup. Having crashed out on the first lap of the first race, Mike Di Meglio claimed sixth place in the second event, his best result of the season. In the Tech 3 garage, Tommaso Marcon rode to a stylish fifth place on Saturday afternoon before crashing on the first lap of the second race. Lukas Tulovic followed a retirement with a fifteenth place, in spite of breaking a hand in practice.

The championship

Thanks to his impressive fifth place finish, Miguel Oliveira moves up to eighth position in the MotoGP overall standings on 59 points. Iker Lecuona remains in eighteenth. In the Moto2 class, Lowes climbs two places to fourth on 83 points. Augusto Fernandez remains fourteenth on 36 points. In Moto3, Deniz Öncü moves up a spot. The KTM Tech 3 rider climbs to seventeenth position on 21 points, while Sasaki stays put in twenty-second. In the battle for the MotoE World Cup, Mike Di Meglio moves up to eighth position while Lukas Tulovic sits in tenth and Tommaso Marcon trails five spots further back in fifteenth.

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  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

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