Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes
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Lowes in 2010
NationalityEnglish
Born (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 28)
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Current teamFederal Oil Gresini Moto2
Bike number22
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2017
ManufacturersAprilia
Championships0
2017 championship position25th (5 pts)
StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF. lapsPoints
1800005
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20142016, 2018-
ManufacturersSpeed Up, Kalex, KTM
2016 championship position5th (175 pts)
StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF. lapsPoints
7131183479
Supersport World Championship
Active years20092013
ManufacturersHonda, Yamaha
Championships1 (2013)
2013 championship position1st (250 pts)
StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF. lapsPoints
43823139557

Samuel Deane "Sam" Lowes (born 14 September 1990)[1] is a British motorcycle racer from Lincoln, Lincolnshire competing in the Moto2 World Championship for KTM during 2018. His Aprilia MotoGP team exercised an early-release option announced half-way through the 2017 season, discontinuing his intended-contract to ride for Aprilia during 2018.[2][3] He is the twin brother of World Superbike rider Alex Lowes.

Race career

He won the Supersport World Championship 2013 riding a Yamaha YZF-R6[4] for Russian team Yakhnich Motorsport in the championship, as well as the 2010 British Supersport champion riding a Honda CBR600RR.

During his championship year in the British championship he scored five wins, including three consecutive wins and three pole positions, winning at Brands Hatch, Knockhill, Cadwell Park, Croft and Silverstone, along with five podium finishes. Afterward he moved to the Supersport World Championship full-time in 2011 signing for the Parkalgar Honda team.[5] In his first complete year he scored six podiums, finishing 6th overall with 129 points. In 2012, he moved to Bogdanka PTR Honda,[6] a sister team of the Parkalgar Honda, and earned two wins at the Donington Park and Aragón rounds. In 2013 he moved to Yakhnich Motorsport[7] riding a semi-works Yamaha.

Lowes at the Nürburgring in 2013

Lowes claimed the World Supersport championship in 2013 with one round remaining at Magny-Cours, finishing 2nd in the race.[8] He was scheduled to race in the World Superbike Championship in 2014 with Yakhnich, however, these plans fell through as the team decided to jump to the championship without Yamaha. Instead, he opted to join the Moto2 World Championship riding with the Speed Up team,[9] signing a two-year deal with the team.

For 2016 onwards, Lowes signed a three-year contract backed by Aprilia, enabling him to continue in Moto2 for 2016 with the Gresini team and a change from Speed Up to Kalex chassis. As well as this, Lowes had the added benefit of being Aprilia's official MotoGP test rider, but an anticipated move to compete for Aprilia in the premier MotoGP class for the 2017 and 2018 seasons was cut short by Aprilia exercising an early-release option announced half-way through the 2017 season, replacing him with Scott Redding for 2018.[2][3][10][11][12]

Career statistics

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

British Supersport Championship

YearBike123456789101112PosPts
2009HondaBHI
10
OUL
Ret
DON
13
THR
19
SNE
13
KNO
10
MAL
9
BHGP
7
CAD
6
CRO
DSQ
SILOUL
10
14th50
2010HondaBHI
1
THR
Ret
OUL
2
CAD
3
MAL
2
KNO
1
SNE
2
BHGP
2
CAD
1
CRO
1
SIL
1
OUL
8
1st229

Supersport World Championship

Races by year

YearMotorcycle1234567891011121314Pos.Pts
2009HondaAUSQATSPANEDITARSAUSASMRGBRCZE
18
GER
16
ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
POR
Ret
NC0
2010HondaAUSPORSPANEDITARSAUSASMRCZEGBR
10
GERITAFRA25th6
2011HondaAUS
3
EUR
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
5
SMR
3
SPA
2
CZE
6
GBR
Ret
GER
3
ITA
2
FRA
2
POR
Ret
6th129
2012HondaAUS
5
ITA
2
NED
Ret
ITA
2
EUR
1
SMR
18
SPA
1
CZE
4
GBR
2
RUS
12
GER
13
POR
5
FRA
2
3rd172
2013YamahaAUS
2
SPA
Ret
NED
1
ITA
1
GBR
1
POR
1
ITA
2
RUS
C
GBR
2
GER
1
TUR
2
FRA
2
SPA
1
1st250

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

By season

SeasonClassMotorcycleTeamNumberRaceWinPodiumPoleFLapPtsPlcd
2014Moto2Speed UpSpeed Up221800006913th
2015Moto2Speed UpSpeed Up221815311864th
2016Moto2KalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2221826521755th
2017MotoGPApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini22180000525th
2018Moto2KTMSwiss Innovative Investors221700004914th*
Total8931183484

* Season still in progress.

By class

ClassSeasons1st GP1st Pod1st WinRaceWinPodiumsPoleFLapPtsWChmp
Moto22014–2016, 2018-2014 Qatar2015 United States2015 United States71311834790
MotoGP20172017 Qatar18000050
Total2014 – Present89311834840

 * Season still in progress.

Races by year

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearClassBike12345678910111213141516171819Pos.Pts
2014Moto2Speed UpQAT
6
AME
16
ARG
8
SPA
Ret
FRA
9
ITA
8
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
20
IND
24
CZE
Ret
GBR
7
RSM
18
ARA
9
JPN
Ret
AUS
5
MAL
Ret
VAL
7
13th69
2015Moto2Speed UpQAT
Ret
AME
1
ARG
3
SPA
20
FRA
4
ITA
4
CAT
4
NED
3
GER
5
IND
Ret
CZE
5
GBR
6
RSM
Ret
ARA
3
JPN
8
AUS
2
MAL
13
VAL
5
4th186
2016Moto2KalexQAT
9
ARG
2
AME
2
SPA
1
FRA
6
ITA
3
CAT
6
NED
4
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
CZE
3
GBR
21
RSM
Ret
ARA
1
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
4
5th175
2017MotoGPApriliaQAT
18
ARG
Ret
AME
Ret
SPA
16
FRA
14
ITA
19
CAT
19
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
18
AUT
20
GBR
Ret
RSM
Ret
ARA
22
JPN
13
AUS
19
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
25th5
2018Moto2KTMQAT
Ret
ARG
13
AME
24
SPA
8
FRA
13
ITA
Ret
CAT
9
NED
9
GER
5
CZE
9
AUT
Ret
GBR
C
RSM
Ret
ARA
20
THA
Ret
JPN
17
AUS
14
MAL
15
VAL
14th*49*

* Season still in progress.

References

  1. ^ "Sam Lowes". Genes Reunited. Brightsolid. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b MotoGP: Lowes confident about his GP future Motorcycle News, 18 August 2017 Retrieved 8 March 2018
  3. ^ a b MotoGP: Redding confirmed as Lowes’ replacement at Aprilia Motorcycle News, 14 August 2017 Retrieved 8 March 2018
  4. ^ "Super Sam storms to fourth victory". Derby Telegraph. 10 June 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  5. ^ Crash.net."Parkalgar Honda signs Lowes for 2011". 3 October 2010. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  6. ^ Crash.net."Buckmaster defends 2012 line-up".8 February 2012. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  7. ^ motomatters.com."Sam Lowes to race a R6 in WSS With Yakhnich". 3 November 2012. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  8. ^ WorldSBK.com. "Sofuoglu wins as Lowes is the new World Supersport Champion". 6 October 2013. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  9. ^ MotoGP.com."Sam Lowes to join Moto2 with Speed Up". 11 October 2013. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  10. ^ Watson, Chris (22 September 2015). "Derby-based Sam Lowes to have one more crack at Moto2 crown before joining MotoGP". Derby Telegraph. Local World. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Lowes joins Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 for 2016". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Bradl & Bautista remain with Aprilia for 2016". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. Aprilia confirm Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista as their line up for 2016, with Sam Lowes as test rider before making the step up in 2017.

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