Four races, four winners. The non-repeating winner story continues for the 2016 Moto2 ChampionshipThe latest rider claim victory was the Brit Sam Lowes, who earned his first win of 2016 Moto2 at the Spanish Grand Prix held on the 2.75-mile Jerez circuit containing 13 corners. Lowes finished runner-up in rounds two and three in Argentina and Texas, respectively, but was finally able to earn the win.
And earn he did; the 25-year-old Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex pilot claimed the pole position, and battled to remain up front. When Jerez Moto2 was completed, Lowes, who led 25 laps out of 26, took the win 2.480 seconds ahead of Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) and 8.113 seconds ahead of Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex’s Alex Rins, who won at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago.“It was a long race, no doubt! I knew that Folger had a good pace and I knew that also Rins was in the game, so I was expecting a tough race. The track conditions have changed several times over the weekend and today have changed again, with higher temperatures,” Lowes said.“However, here we have made many tests in the winter and thanks to this work the bike always worked very well. After the two second places, obtained racing two strong races, I was confident ahead of this event. I wanted to try to win and I did it, so I’m very happy for this first victory of the season. Now we look forward to Le Mans and the rest of the season!”When Jerez Moto2 2016 began, Folger got to turn one first, but Lowes quickly retaliated, taking the leading position back. Folger followed closely for up to 10 laps, but from there Lowes found something extra and pulled away to earn the win.Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’s Franco Morbidelli finished in a lonely fourth, over two seconds behind Rins and nearly four seconds ahead of the reigning Moto2 Champion, Ajo Motorsports’ Johann Zarco.Leopard Racing’s Miguel Oliveira was in contention for a top five, but crashed out at lap 21, allowing Garage Plus Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi to earn sixth. Rounding out the top 10 were Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Dominique Aegerter (CarXpert Interwetten), Luis Salom (SAG Team) and Xavier Simeon (QMMF Racing Team).With his three podiums in four rounds, Lowes now has 72 points, 10 ahead of Rins. Zarco is third with 56 points, 16 behind Lowes.The 2016 Moto2 Championship breaks for two weeks ahead of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France at Le Mans.2016 Jerez Moto2 Results
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!