Britain’s Sam Lowes is puzzled by the crash that took him out of yesterday’s Austin MotoGP round as he says he did nothing differently from the previous three laps.
The Now TV Aprilia rider went down at turn 13 with nine laps left to run which rounded off a tough weekend for the squad as team-mate Aleix Espargaro was forced to pit in for a new front tyre only a lap previosuly.
“It’s been a tough weekend for myself and the team. In the end there were lots of positives from the race, it would have been nice not to crash but I did exactly the same as the three laps before so when the limit is that close when you are doing that pace, it’s difficult to understand,” said Lowes, speaking at the track.
"I think that today was the slowest crash of my career. To be honest, it was a strange weekend for us. Even in the race, the harder front tyre was perfect on the left side in terms of feeling, whereas on the right I wasn't able to ride. The pace was what I had expected. I was able to stay in the group that was battling for points and despite a mistake in the early stages, I had managed to close the gap.
Even on a weekend like this one, we were still able to take a few steps forward. My goal is to stay focused and to continue working with my team so that I can get to the point of exploiting the full potential of my RS-GP. We will put our heads together and try to understand. We have got some tests before Jerez which great.”