Sam Lowes creates more history as stunning start to Moto2 campaign continues in Qatar
Sam Lowes continued his perfect start to the Moto2 season with a second straight win in Qatar.
The Lincoln-born driver started again from pole position, overtaking early leader Marco Bezzecchi on the fourth lap of 20.
In the second half of the race, Lowes was put under heavy pressure by Remy Gardner. His lead never exceeded 0.483 seconds, but he kept his composure and set the fastest time of the race on the last lap – a 1’58.954 – and won just 0.190 seconds.
Lowes’ victory means that he will be the first rider in Moto2 history to win the first two races from pole position.
He was also the first British driver to win the first two races of the season in the intermediate category since Mike Hailwood did so in 1966.
“We had three weeks here [including testing] in the desert with very changeable conditions. It was definitely not easy, ”he thought after the race.
“But I think we saved the best for last. That was a very fast race pace – the fastest we had in Moto2 in Qatar.
“I am very happy with the way I approach these two races. I feel like I’ve improved and can be more relaxed in the race. I know it’s only the beginning of the year, but it’s been a really good start.
“It’s very important to have someone behind me and not make mistakes, and that gives me a lot of confidence.
“When I won last year and last week, I had a bigger gap, so it was a little different and I did well and felt very comfortable.
“I’m looking forward to coming to Portugal [round three] and this time to be able to drive there with two hands [Lowes rode at Portimao last season with a broken hand sustained at the previous round at Valencia].
“That wasn’t the case last year. We have had a great couple of weeks, everyone is ready for home and I couldn’t be happier to take 50 points back. “