Although things seemed to take a downturn for Sam Lowes just ahead of the Spanish GP, he made the leap to the head of the race and never looked back since. He had everyone in a frazzled state when he continuously crashed during practice and even Warm Up. Then during the first lap, Jonas Folger overtook him and kept the lead for the entirety of the lap. But his fighting spirit kicked in during lap two and he left Folger in the dust, never letting the German exceed touching distance for the remaining ten laps. He finished the race with an advantage of two full seconds.
A momentous occasion for the occasionally maligned Englishman, to be sure. This is the first time he’s scored points on the Jerez race track. He’s also silenced a bevy of critics who emerged when he took the Championship Lead having not yet won a race this year. The best part? It was way less difficult than he thought it would be.
“It was a long race, no doubt! I knew that Folger had a good pace and I knew that also Rins was in the game, so I was expecting a tough race. The track conditions have changed several times over the weekend and today have changed again, with higher temperatures. However, here we have made many tests in the winter and thanks to this work the bike has always worked very well. After the two second places, obtained racing two strong races, I was confident ahead of this event. I wanted to try to win and I did it, so I’m very happy for this first victory of the season. Now we look forward to Le Mans and the rest of the season!”
The best way to shut them all up is to do a job well done and make it look effortless. We think Sam Lowes has more than delivered on this front.