Lowes and Arbolino determined to bounce back in Jerez
Elf Marc VDS Racing Team riders Sam Lowes and Tony Arbolino are looking to quickly rebound from a luckless Portimao Grand Prix with a strong showing at the Circuito de Angel Nieto in Jerez this weekend.
- The carnival atmosphere of the Spanish Grand Prix gives Lowes and Arbolino the perfect chance to get their 2022 Moto2 challenge back on track after the frustration of not scoring points last time out when both were unable to participate in a restarted race in Portugal.
- Track action for the intermediate World Championship category gets underway at 1055am local time on Friday ahead of the race that is scheduled to commence over 23 laps on Sunday.
/// SAM LOWES
- Bad luck struck the Briton for the second race in a row in 2022 at Portimao after Lowes was one of several riders to fall in rain conditions before not being eligible to join a shortened seven-lap sprint battle.
- Lowes is looking forward to turning his fortunes around at the technical Jerez track where he was a race winner in 2016 and on the most recent visit last season he finished in third position.
“I’m determined to put on a good show in Jerez”
“We need to look forward and be positive after the disappointing outcome of the last two races, so I can’t wait to get to Jerez because it is a track I really like. I’ve always been fast there and had good results there. I obviously need to see how my body feels after the big incident in Portimao last weekend but I’m determined to put on a good show in Jerez. It’s a shame to be injured again but Jerez is a track where we’ve done a lot of riding at and that will be a big help.”
/// TONY ARBOLINO
- The multiple rider incident in slippery conditions in Portimao unfortunately denied Arbolino the chance to fight for a second successive podium in 2022, but the Italian can take great heart from the fact that he was fast and competitive in wet and dry conditions in Portugal.
- A Moto3 rostrum at Jerez at the start of the delayed 2020 season makes Arbolino confident that he can quickly rediscover his podium form in this weekend’s sixth round of the Moto2 World Championship.
“I have the speed and I expect another good weekend”
“Last weekend was very tough to accept knowing that when you feel strong and capable of producing a good result, you’re denied and there is nothing you can do to control it. But that’s racing and in these moments you need to stay focused and make sure we keep working in the same way that has already given us some success this year. Jerez is going to be another tough race because everybody has a lot of experience at this track and it will be very close. But I have the speed and I expect another really good weekend.”