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Alex Lowes’ MotoGP debut ended in a crash after 15 laps at Brno but the battling Brit impressed with his limited session on the Tech3 Yamaha, was 12th quickest at the end of day one. Sam’s best time of 1m 59.558s was 4.164s behind fastest rider of the day, Jorge Lorenzo. Over his 15 laps, Lowes made a 1.146s improvement on his lap times.

Lowes, who had been granted the test as a reward from Yamaha for being part of the Suzuka 8 Hour winning team, said: “From when you‘re a kid you dream about an opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike and it was fantastic. Obviously I didn‘t do too many laps, but the feel of the bike was incredible. The power of the bike and the way that it turns was everything that I expected and even more than that, so it was an incredible experience.”

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“The brakes and the tyres are quite a lot different from a WorldSBK bike, but the biggest difference is the power. When I came from my first lap onto the straight I felt the engine‘s full power and it was amazing, I couldn‘t believe how fast it was, so I would say the biggest difference is the power.”

“The crash was on my last couple of laps, nearly at the end of the day and obviously the reason was because I tried to push a bit too much without understanding everything. I broke a bit more and lifted the rear a bit, went a little wide and the track was a bit dirty and I lost the front. It was only a small crash but I‘m feeling really sorry for that. Honestly, it was a fantastic experience and I really enjoyed it, even if I did only 15 laps, they were the best 15 laps I ever had.”

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Alex’s twin brother Sam is out in MotoGP action today. The Moto2 campaigner is starting his next phase of development with Aprilia at the Czech circuit. Sam will be contesting the bike in the premier class next year.

Tony Carter

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