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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 14:58
The soap opera on the seat in Aprilia. The MotoGP World Championship has a brutal demand, to the point of destroying a long-term project in a few months. That's what happened to Sam Lowes who has run out of his seat in Noale da Fausto Gresini's team after a disappointing first half of the season.
It was the Italian team itself who confirmed the arrival of Scott redding to his garage for 2018 as a teammate of Aleix Espargaró. The Aprilia may not dazzle with its results, but the arrival of the oldest of the Espargaró at its controls has shown a hidden potential so far that Noale's want to exploit to the maximum through Redding's experience in the top class.
Irregularity ate the rookie
Lowes has failed to meet the expectations that had been placed on him, to the point of forcing the team to unilaterally break the contract that both parties had signed for a period of two years. His best result has been a fourteenth place achieved in the French Grand Prix, 2 points that place him 25th overall with four retirements and six runs out of the points zone.
And it is that, to be honest, Lowes did not make too many merits in his time at Moto2 before receiving the offer to get on the Aprilia RS-GP. The season 2015 was his best year in the intermediate category finishing in fourth position 166 points behind Zarco, adding a victory and four podiums. In 2016 with everything to face to qualify for the title, he finished fifth with two victories, four podiums and six retirements.
The extreme irregularity shown by the English rider has become his Achilles heel, being by far the worst of the four rookies of the season and leaving a very bad taste in his team.
"Redding is a rider who despite his young age has significant experience in MotoGP. We are delighted to have him with us and we believe that his talent and the continued progress of the RS-GP will allow us to achieve great results," said Romano Albesiano with satisfaction. " Our motorcycle grows race by raceSo our goal is to be in the top 10 regularly."
The truth is that the development of the RS-GP He still has a lot of work ahead of him and both the drivers involved in the 2018 season and the team are really optimistic. Not so Lowes, of whom we do not know now what will be his fate next year.
He also had some words for him, thanking him for his commitment and contributions in his first season in MotoGP, although he acknowledged that "right now we have to make decisions that allow us to achieve the objectives of the Piaggio Group. We wish you all the best looking to the future ".