Sam Lowes was looking to change his fortunes in Mugello after a crash at Le Mans, but things did not go as planned.
Sam Lowes had an excellent Saturday at the Italian Grand Prix as he qualified on the front row in third. But the first lap of the race saw Lowes in the gravel. However, it was not his own doing as Alonso Lopez was penalised for causing Lowes to crash out on the opening lap.
After the incident it was clear to see that Lowes was visibly angry in the gravel trap as he believed he could score good points at the Italian Grand Prix. This is also the second year in a row that Lowes has been helped into the gravel at Mugello by a competitor.
“Of course, this is very disappointing. We lost a little bit on Friday because I didn’t feel good. But the team did a good job yesterday and we improved the bike a lot. I also improved my riding a lot." said Lowes after the race.
"Pedro did very well all weekend but I felt like I had the potential to battle with him today, which would have been nice.
"I’m just happy for the team that Tony (Arbolino) could get a good result. This is important as well.
"It’s frustrating and difficult. Sometimes we have a big build up hoping for a big result during the weekend and then something like this happens. It’s better not to say too much at the moment but this is difficult to take.
"Anyway, we’ll go to the Sachsenring next week. Luckily, I feel OK. My shoulder is a little bit sore after the crash but I think it won’t be a problem.”
Before the weekend Lowes stated that he wanted to be 'back on the podium' at Mugello, and it looked like he had the pace to do so. With two races coming up in the next two weeks it gives Lowes another chnace to pick up some more points and get back on the podium.