Sam Lowes ended the 2014 Moto2 World Championship on a high today with a top eight finish in the final race at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia to round off a successful rookie campaign.
Lowes showed strong pace throughout the weekend but struggled to complete a single fast lap in qualifying leaving him to start Sunday’s race from 14th on the grid.
The British rider rocketed off the line and was fighting within the top five in the early stages. As the race went on he dropped back to seventh position but dug in deep to bring it home over twelve seconds ahead of Marcel Schrotter in eighth.
This result marks Lowes’ eighth top ten result this season and concludes a challenging but successful rookie campaign for the 2013 World Supersport Champion. Despite the strong results, including a career best 5th place in Australia, a few tough races mean Lowes closes the 2014 season 13th in the championship standings, just eleven points from the top ten.
“I’m happy enough with that. You always want more but I dug in and did my best to go from 14th on the grid to finishing 7th. It’s not my best result but I feel good to have finished with a solid top eight and knowing I can be on it next season. The team has worked very hard in the last few races and it’s led to a positive end to the season. I know I’m ready to make that next step up and I can’t wait for next year.”
Lowes will remain with the Speed Up team for the 2015 Moto2 season with testing getting underway early next year.
Source: Sam Lowes Official
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