European triple header continues as Arbolino and Lowes chase Germany glory
Round seven of this year’s Moto2 World Championship takes the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team to the unique challenge of the tight, twisty and undulating Sachsenring this weekend.
- Another breath-taking charge through the field from 10th to second in his home round in Mugello enabled Tony Arbolino to remain in control of the title chase, with Sam Lowes eager to bounce back quickly from a frustrating early exit in Tuscany last weekend.
- The action kicks off at 950am on Friday morning with P1 and Lowes and Arbolino will fight for the latest 25-points on offer when the 25-lap race due to start at 1215am.
/// SAM LOWES
- The Briton’s high potential and hard work in Mugello last weekend unfortunately went unrewarded after contact from another rider ruled him out of podium contention.
- Despite that setback, Lowes arrives in Sachsenring full of positive energy, with his full focus on transferring his blistering qualifying speed into a top result in Sunday’s race.
- Confidence is high that a podium is on the cards this weekend after Lowes starred in the 2022 German Grand Prix to finish third from pole position.
“I feel we’ll be competitive and strong this weekend”
“After the disappointment and frustration of Mugello, it’s really good that we are racing again this weekend to try and bounce back quickly and show the performance we know we are capable of. Germany is quite a unique track, but I like it and last year I was able to finish on the podium and take pole position. I feel like I’m riding well, and the team is doing an incredible job with the bike, so I feel we are going to be competitive and strong this weekend. I need to recover some points after the last two rounds and the best way to do that is put myself into a position where I’m fighting for the victory.”
/// TONY ARBOLINO
- The Italian once again showed why he’s the big Sunday superstar in Moto2 in 2023 after launching another one of his trademark comebacks to thrill his home crowd with an eighth podium in his last 10 races last time out in Mugello.
- Mixing controlled aggression with fast speed and daring overtakes, Arbolino came from row four to second in Mugello to lead the hunt for title glory by 20-points.
- Arbolino feels ready to continue his outstanding running of form at the Sachsenring this weekend where a 10th place is his best result at the German venue in Moto2.
“I’m looking forward to battling at the front again”
“We finished my home race in Italy in the best way possible and now we face a completely different challenge at the Sachsenring. The team and I feel good because to finish second on a weekend that was quite difficult like in Mugello it gives you a boost and helps with your confidence. The first target is to try and understand what we were missing in Mugello to be closer to the win, but I feel optimistic, and I go to Germany with a positive mentality. I feel we can show a high level again this weekend and it’s a race I’m looking forward to battling at the front in.”