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14/10/2020 News

Sam Lowes breaks his drought

 

MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix

Four years since he last won a Moto2 race, Sam Lowes tasted victory once more with a masterful display at Le Mans. The triumph catapults the British rider back into contention for the overall title.

Moto2

The previous time Sam Lowes had reached the chequered flag in first position had been at the Grand Prix of Aragon in 2016. For the British rider, the four years since must have felt like an eternity. But yesterday, the former Supersport World Champion returned to winning ways, in spite of tricky conditions on a cool Le Mans circuit that was still drying out when the race got underway. Despite a small scare on lap 7, when Jake Dixon took the lead, Sam Lowes was able to quickly resume control of the race and ultimately crossed the line four seconds ahead of his nearest rival. “We’ve known for a while that this result was coming. We knew that if we could keep doing good races, like in recent weeks, then all that work would pay off,” said the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider. “And here we are. It’s really nice for me after a few years off the top step. I’m really happy and really proud of myself. I want to say thanks so much to the team, because it’s thanks to them that I’m here today.” Despite starting the French Grand Prix down the grid, Augusto Fernandez came close to joining his teammate on the podium. Were it not for a problem with forearm cramps in the latter stages of the race, the Spaniard may well have overhauled Gardner and Bezzecchi. “I felt that I was faster than them, but I couldn’t attack them,” he lamented. “In the end, fourth place is still a good result. We’re getting closer to the podium with every race.”

MotoGP

Down in the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Miguel Oliveira can reflect on a job well done at the French Grand Prix. Having started down in twelfth, the Portuguese rider fought back to take sixth place after an epic battle with the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco. “Even if I thought I could do better, it’s not a bad result considering it was my first race in the rain,” was the KTM rider’s assessment. His teammate Iker Lecuona was also back in the points, finishing fifteenth. 

Moto3

Ayumu Sasaki rode a season’s best performance in the Moto3 class, finishing within a second of the winner in sixth place. He was followed home by a less pleased Deniz Öncu, who crossed the line in twenty-second. “I’m really happy for Ayumu,” declared Hervé Poncharal. “He’s had a very good weekend. His performance in qualification helped because Moto3 races are getting tighter and tighter, and it’s always difficult when you start from the middle or back of the grid. It’s up to us to keep improving.” 

MotoE

The Grand Prix weekend also featured the final two rounds of the MotoE World Cup, which saw Mike Di Meglio light the track up on his way to two second places. “I’m really happy to end the season with two podium finishes,” said the Marc VDS rider. “It’s a reward for our efforts since the beginning of the year and gives us cause to look forward with high hopes to 2021.” The Tech3 MotoE team did not enjoy the same success around the Le Mans circuit. Lukas Tulovic finished fifth and eleventh, while Tommaso Marcon claimed a tenth place before retiring from the second race.

The championship

Following the French Grand Prix, and with only five races to go, Miguel Oliveira sits ninth in the overall MotoGP standings, just 12 points behind fifth-placed Takaaki Nakagami. Iker Lecuona remains in eighteenth position on 18 points. In the Moto2 class, Sam Lowes’ victory at Le Mans saw him strengthen his grip on fourth place in the championship. The Briton is firmly back in the title race, having moved to only 22 points behind leader Luca Marini. Augusto Fernandez climbs one place to thirteenth position in the standings, only 17 points down on seventh place. In Moto3, Deniz Öncü drops back to eighteenth position, just two points ahead of teammate Ayumu Sasaki in nineteenth. Lastly, Mike Di Meglio ends the second edition of the MotoE World Cup in fourth. Lukas Tulovic finishes the season in eleventh position while Tommaso Marcon claims sixteenth spot.

  • MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix - Moto2

  • MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix - Moto2

  • MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix - Moto2

  • MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix - Moto3

  • MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix - Moto3

  • MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix

  • MotoGP World Championship - French Grand Prix