Lowes motors to sensational Motorland pole position
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS continued its unrivalled domination of the Teruel Grand Prix today with Sam Lowes riding to another record-breaking pole position and Augusto Fernandez set to launch his challenge in tomorrow’s 21-lap race from row three.
- Warm and windless conditions enabled Lowes to completely dominate the second day of action at Motorland Aragon after he topped the timesheets in both FP3 and then Q2 to record his 11th career pole position in Moto2.
- Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS has finished in P1 in every single session so far this weekend and with hot and sunny conditions anticipated for tomorrow’s race at 1430pm local time there are high hopes of a double podium assault from Lowes and Fernandez, who starts ninth for the second week in a row.
/// AUGUSTO FERNÁNDEZ: 9th, 1’51.839, 26 laps
- The Spaniard dedicated the majority of his time this morning on improving his race pace on Dunlop’s new soft compound rear tyre and he eased into Q2 with a lap of 1’51.967 that placed him sixth on the combined Free Practice standings.
- Fernandez improved again in Q2 and in an incredibly close 15-minute session the 23-year-old’s best time of 1:51’839 was only just over 0.1s away from the front row.
“I’m really looking forward to a strong race tomorrow”
“I’m happy with the work we have done today and it is a bit of a shame about my starting position because we are so close to the front row. It is crazy how close the lap times are, but I have shown I’m competitive with a better pace from last week. I’m starting in the same position as last weekend, but I feel much stronger and closer to the front. We have to analyse the data closely tonight to find a bit more pace for the race but thanks to my team and I’m really looking forward to a strong race tomorrow.”
/// SAM LOWES 1st, 1’51.296, 25 laps
- After leading the way in FP3, Lowes delivered another flawless time attack this afternoon to secure his third pole position of 2020 with a lap of 1’51.296 that smashed his own all-time lap record set seven days ago by nearly 0.3s.
- Lowes is now a big pre-race favourite and if the 30-year does take the chequered flag first in tomorrow’s race then he will become the first British since Phil Read in 1971 to win three intermediate category World Championship races in succession.
“I will do my best to fight for another victory”
“I’m really happy with another pole position because that carries on the good momentum we have built up in the last races at such an important part of the Championship. I’ve got to say a big thanks to my team because we have made improvements in all the areas I felt we needed for this race without losing our good points. It’s always important to be starting on the front row and pole position is a nice bonus. I’ve got good pace for the race and I will do my best to fight for another victory.”