Sam Lowes finished no higher than 11th in today’s qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera, in what was a complicated day... Sam Lowes “needs to improve” after Jerez qualifying

Sam Lowes finished no higher than 11th in today’s qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera, in what was a complicated day for Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2. After showing promising steps forward in free practice 3 – he was third with a best time of 1’41-559secs – the Briton approached the afternoon’s session with high hopes – and cooler temperatures compared to yesterday’s FP2.

Lowes, however, was unable to capitalise in Q2 due to limited grip on the rear-end of his Kalex machine, with his 1’41.650secs lap-time being almost one tenth slower than the one logged in the morning.

The former World Suepersport champion was nevertheless only four tenths of a second shy of pole position, and tomorrow he will spearhead Gresini Racing’s attack from 12:00 local time (GMT+2).

Sam Lowes:

“I’m disappointed with qualifying because this morning we made a good step and I was fast both on new and used tyres. Track temperature was a little bit hotter this afternoon – but not as hot as yesterday – but we struggled a lot and that was quite surprising. Eleventh place is not the end of the world and it’s still possible to fight for a good race result, but we need to understand why we lost a little bit of grip. I’m still positive for the race because it’s a track I really like. Race pace is good also with used tyres, but we need a good feeling from the beginning otherwise late-race speed would be useless. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”