World Superbike star Alex Lowes said he is feeling much calmer ahead of his second MotoGP race in Misano this weekend.
The Brit stood in for the injured Bradley Smith on the Tech3 Yamaha in Silverstone and he will continue to do so this weekend on the Adriatic coast at Misano. Lowes will arrive at Misano on the back of a solid first outing at home, where he finished 13th place.
“After getting my first MotoGP race out the way, I feel much calmer and prepared for Misano, as I have a rough idea about what to expect,” said Lowes.
“I really enjoyed the British Grand Prix, and I learnt a huge amount in just a few days, especially during the race on Sunday. Anyway, I believe we are in a better position this weekend, as I have raced in Misano in June and the track is still fresh in my memory, plus I will be able to give the guys some feedback when coming back to the garage, which wasn’t really the case at Silverstone.”
Lowes is going into the weekend with a clear plan and goals. The Brit is hoping to get a lot of track-time in on the Friday and Saturday, hoping to be close to his team-mate Pol Espargaro. In the race, Lowes just hopes to finish the race closer to the winner than he did in Silverstone.
“Yet, the plan is to get as many laps as possible under my belt on Friday because I still have not completed my first 100 laps on the YZR-M1. I’m looking forward to the event and I will do my best to try to be as close to Pol as possible,” he said.
“As for Sunday, I am not aiming for a certain position but my main target is to reduce the gap to the winner. Finally, I have to repeat that I am sorry that Brad can’t race here because he had an excellent result last year, where he scored second. Therefore, I hope for a positive performance in order to thank the team and Yamaha for giving me this great opportunity.”
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