Sam Lowes is eyeing a return to Moto2 action at Aragon following his on-going recovery from a fractured and dislocated shoulder.
While doctors remain cautious - suggesting an eighth to ten week rehabilitation - the Elf Marc VDS rider is feeling confident in his progress and has even suggested he may get back on a training bike in the coming week.
“It’s improving a lot,” Lowes said from the San Marino paddock after visiting his team in Misano last weekend. “The first two weeks was quite difficult but the last few days is really improved and I’ve got some movement and some strength coming back. I’m a little bit off getting back riding but I really hope that I can try in Aragon.
“I dislocated it, it got back in after about 20 minutes, which is not bad, that’s a good thing,” he explained of his Silverstone FP1 injury. “I’ve fractured my greater tuberosity - so it’s basically the top of your arm, the ball bit - fractured that and just been in a hyperbaric chamber every day in the morning and then again at night. Getting physio every other day, especially the last ten days a bit more, the first two weeks, not really because it’s too painful. Been in the Cryo-Spa just to help the swelling after the physio. So yeah, just been trying to do as much as I can but also as little as I can. Fine balance and I’m not the most chilled person so I’ve been probably doing too much!
“On the Saturday at Silverstone, when I saw the specialist in Manchester, he told me it would probably be eight to ten weeks. Aragon’s six weeks. I mentioned that I had a race in four weeks and six weeks and he said, ‘Well let me know when you do because I’ll book the surgery in!’. So he wasn’t that keen on me coming back before but I have improved a lot.
“Aragon I don’t know, I feel like I can. They [Dorna] told me yesterday, felt my shoulder, felt the strength I had and said that he’d be quite happy for me to ride in Japan - obviously the week after Aragon - but they want to see an X-ray on the Monday. So a week tomorrow see another X-ray and then they’ll let me know if it’s worth me coming to Aragon or not.”
While Lowes is eager to get back on his Marc VDS Kalex, the rush seems a little shortsighted, with no title hopes on the line this season.
“Of course the year’s gone in that sense, but you always want to get back,” the 31-year-old explained. “!t’s what you do and when you’re at home not riding, you miss it a lot.
“I’m going to try and ride, if I can this week or before Aragon, is obviously going to help me because I can understand my shoulder and build fitness.
“I just want to get back, get back up to speed. It’s gonna take me a couple of races, you know, just to get back into the groove and be competitive looking at next year. So yeah, in some ways, I understand is not worth rushing it but I want to get back, even if it’s just for my head and something to aim at, keep thinking about the next race because it gives you something to sort of train for.”