Sam Lowes interview: ‘After Assen it’s my first ride on the Aprilia MotoGP bike!’
Sam Lowes has been doing the PR-bit with the powers-that-be at MotoGP and has given this interview to them about his first upcoming official test on the Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP machine that he will be riding in 2017.
It makes for some good reading, so we figured we’d show you this snippet of the full interview which is on MotoGP.com now.
You have your first test coming up on the Aprilia RS-GP, how excited are you?
“Yeah I am actually going to the wind tunnel this week first with Kalex and Aprilia in Italy, which will be nice as I have never done that before. I didn’t come up through 125’s and 250’s and it’s a bit different getting tucked in on a Supersport bike, so maybe we can find something in that area. Then after Assen I get my first go on the Aprilia and I really cant wait!”
What do you think will be the biggest difference to your current Moto2 bike?
“I think the stopping power with the carbon brakes is quite big. Plus I think the electronics side of things, but I have a bit of experience with that in Supersport. While that was nothing like MotoGP, at least I have a little bit of knowledge. So for me it’s the extra power and the stopping ability, plus of course the tyres, but that is applicable to anytime you change series. I’m not trying to think too much about it. I am just going to go out, ride and enjoy it.”
You have a deal with Aprilia for the next two years in MotoGP, but there has been a lot of talk about teams approaching you in the paddock. Were you tempted or are you committed to Aprilia?
“For me it was a case of, I have signed my deal and I am really happy with it. It’s a great option; the bike is only going to get better from what it is now. If you look at Rins and Zarco they also have deals in MotoGP next year and they won’t really be in a much better position than me. With their records, that makes me quite happy. I also have a great package and team behind me now with Gresini, so for me it will be great to go into MotoGP with that behind me. You always want to be riding next to Marquez or Rossi, but for me the Aprilia project looks really good and since I signed that contract last year I have not considered anything else.”
Do you think it will be an advantage to have Rins, Zarco & Folger to compare yourself against next year in your debut season in MotoGP?
“Yeah massively! I think it will be good to have them all there; in fact it will be great. Plus of course there will be the new bike from KTM to compares ourselves against. I don’t really feel the pressure, don’t get me wrong going to MotoGP is a pressure in itself, but we will try and do the best job we can. For me it will be nice to have them to gauge ourselves against, otherwise you don’t know how well you are actually doing.”