Samuel Deane "Sam" Lowes (born 14 September 1990)[1] is a British motorcycle racer originally from Lincoln, Lincolnshire competing in the Moto2 World Championship for Kalex during 2019. He is the twin brother of World Superbike rider Alex Lowes.

Sam Lowes
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Lowes in 2010
NationalityBritish
Born (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 29)
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)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
18 0 0 0 0 5
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20142016, 2018
ManufacturersSpeed Up, Kalex, KTM
Championships0
2019 championship position16th (66 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
91 3 11 8 3 545
Supersport World Championship
Active years20092013
ManufacturersHonda, Yamaha
Championships1 (2013)
2013 championship position1st (250 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
43 8 23 13 9 557

CareerEdit

He won the Supersport World Championship 2013 riding a Yamaha YZF-R6[2] 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.[3] In his first complete year he scored six podiums, finishing 6th overall with 129 points. In 2012, he moved to Bogdanka PTR Honda,[4] 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[5] 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.[6] 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,[7] 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.[8][9][10][11][12]

Lowes returned to Moto2 for the 2018 season, riding a KTM bike for the Swiss Innovative Investors team, partnering Iker Lecuona. He replaced Thomas Lüthi, who moved up to MotoGP with the EG 0,0 Marc VDS team. Lowes finished 16th in the riders' championship, scoring 49 points, and he failed to score a single fastest lap, podium, win, or pole position for the first time since he made his Moto2 début in 2014.

On 21 August 2018, it was announced that Lowes would rejoin Gresini Racing for the 2019 season, replacing Jorge Navarro who will move to Speed Up.

On 6 September 2019, it was announced Lowes would join Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS for 2020, partnering Alex Marquez.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

British Supersport ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

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

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
2009 Honda BHI
10
OUL
Ret
DON
13
THR
19
SNE
13
KNO
10
MAL
9
BHGP
7
CAD
6
CRO
DSQ
SIL OUL
10
14th 50
2010 Honda BHI
1
THR
Ret
OUL
2
CAD
3
MAL
2
KNO
1
SNE
2
BHGP
2
CAD
1
CRO
1
SIL
1
OUL
8
1st 229

Supersport World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

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

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
2009 Honda AUS QAT SPA NED ITA RSA USA SMR GBR CZE
18
GER
16
ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
POR
Ret
NC 0
2010 Honda AUS POR SPA NED ITA RSA USA SMR CZE GBR
10
GER ITA FRA 25th 6
2011 Honda AUS
3
EUR
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
5
SMR
3
SPA
2
CZE
6
GBR
Ret
GER
3
ITA
2
FRA
2
POR
Ret
6th 129
2012 Honda AUS
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
3rd 172
2013 Yamaha AUS
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
1st 250

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2014 Moto2 Speed Up Speed Up Racing 22 18 0 0 0 0 69 13th
2015 Moto2 Speed Up Speed Up Racing 22 18 1 5 3 1 186 4th
2016 Moto2 Kalex Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 22 18 2 6 5 2 175 5th
2017 MotoGP Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 22 18 0 0 0 0 5 25th
2018 Moto2 KTM Swiss Innovative Investors 22 18 0 0 0 0 49 16th
2019 Moto2 Kalex Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 22 19 0 0 0 0 66 16th
Total 109 3 11 8 3 550

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto2 2014–2016, 2018–present 2014 Qatar 2015 United States 2015 United States 91 3 11 8 3 545 0
MotoGP 2017 2017 Qatar 18 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 2014–Present 109 3 11 8 3 550 0

Races by yearEdit

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

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2014 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
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
13th 69
2015 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
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
4th 186
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
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
5th 175
2017 MotoGP Aprilia QAT
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
25th 5
2018 Moto2 KTM QAT
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
Ret
16th 49
2019 Moto2 Kalex QAT
6
ARG
Ret
AME
7
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
9
CAT
9
NED
Ret
GER
11
CZE
Ret
AUT
24
GBR
Ret
RSM
5
ARA
5
THA
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
20
MAL
Ret
VAL
10
16th 66

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sam Lowes". Genes Reunited. Brightsolid. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Super Sam storms to fourth victory". Derby Telegraph. 10 June 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. ^ Crash.net."Parkalgar Honda signs Lowes for 2011". 3 October 2010. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  4. ^ Crash.net."Buckmaster defends 2012 line-up".8 February 2012. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  5. ^ motomatters.com."Sam Lowes to race a R6 in WSS With Yakhnich". 3 November 2012. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  6. ^ WorldSBK.com. "Sofuoglu wins as Lowes is the new World Supersport Champion". 6 October 2013. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  7. ^ MotoGP.com."Sam Lowes to join Moto2 with Speed Up". 11 October 2013. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  8. ^ MotoGP: Lowes confident about his GP future Motorcycle News, 18 August 2017 Retrieved 8 March 2018
  9. ^ MotoGP: Redding confirmed as Lowes’ replacement at Aprilia Motorcycle News, 14 August 2017 Retrieved 8 March 2018
  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.
  13. ^ Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS for 2020

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