Monster Yamaha Tech3 team stand-in rider Alex Lowes strongly clinched a point scoring finish in his inaugural MotoGP appearance at his home Grand Prix at the high speed Silverstone circuit. Lowes kicked off his day with a run to 3rd in the mixed conditions in the morning warm up, which filled the 25-year-old with confidence ahead of the 20-lap sprint. When the lights went out, the Briton charged forward, however, the race was stopped shortly afterwards due to an incident involving his teammate and another rider. At the restart, he leapt off the line as he completed the opening lap in 17th, and just two laps later, he moved up to 14th. Later on, he slipped back one position but remained fully focused as he looked to continue gathering as much experience as possible. Then with five laps left to run, he claimed 13thas he battled with Eugene Laverty in the final moments of the GP. After a last lap dash, the Tech3 rider eventually met the chequered flag in 13thwhich marks a superb close to his first MotoGP race.

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team pit box, Pol Espargaro suffered bad luck at the British Grand Prix after being involved in a collision at turn one on the opening lap. The Spaniard leapt forward from the fifth row of the grid and after the short run down to the first turn, Loris Baz hit him and the incident caused the race to be red flagged. Espargaro was taken to the medical centre to be checked but was later deemed ok. The 25-year-old will seek to make amends at the next race in San Marino in just a few days time.


Alex Lowes

Position: 13th - Championship: 23rd - Points: 3


 

Alex Lowes - 2016"Overall I have to be pleased with how the weekend has ended and I really learnt a lot in my first MotoGP experience, which I thought was amazing. The ever changing weather conditions made things a bit trickier at this event, and this was even more of a challenge for me because any condition would have been tough as it was my debut on the YZR-M1. With regards to the race itself, it was the first time that I ran with a full fuel load and also the first time that I completed more than six laps in a row. Therefore, of course, the learning curve was steep and it was tough. In the first few laps, I locked the front whilst braking a few times which made me lose a bit of confidence, but after that, I tried to understand the changing behaviour of the bike regarding the fuel and tyre life. I also watched the guys around me and I learnt a lot. In the end, I finished 40 seconds back from the leader and 20 from Lorenzo in my first GP race, which is positive, but the main objective was to reach the flag and I also claimed a few points. I feel that I could have ridden better, but maybe I am being a bit too negative on myself. Plus, I didn’t know what to expect here so I shouldn’t be harsh for not understanding everything immediately. However, I am a racer! Now I have a few days to digest what has happened so that I can be stronger in San Marino. I have to give a special thanks to the whole Tech3 team who did a great job this weekend and I am thankful for the chance."


Pol Espargaro

Position: DNF - Championship 9th - Points: 81


 

Pol Espargaro - 2016"I can’t say a lot about today because it was over before it really got going for me. In the first lap, I felt a strong impact from behind me at the first corner. I started to roll on the floor and then both my bike and Loris’ bike hit me. On one hand, I have to say that this incident was really bad luck, but then again, to be completely honest, the past few races have not gone exactly to plan. On the other hand, I have to be pleased that nothing worse happened. I must admit that I am feeling a lot of pain all over, and especially in my right tibia but this is not something that I am overly worried about and I am sure that with some relaxation and massages, I will be fine. I’m always a bit nervous when I start from quite far back on the grid because it’s dangerous and the accident today confirmed this. However, I missed the entrance to QP2 by one tenth and I paid a high price in qualifying when it rained which cost me even more in the race today. Having said that, I have to be happy that I am more or less ok after that hard crash and even though we have another GP in the next few days, I will be a lot better in Misano where I am confident that my luck will change and things will be a lot better."

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Hervé Poncharal - Team manager:


 

“It was a memorable day in MotoGP and we were treated to a highly entertaining race at Silverstone. For us, we were very worried when the GP began because there was a high-speed crash, which looked nasty. We could see that the bike flew into the air, and before the television cameras showed that Pol was ok and moving, we were really scared. Thank God that Pol is completely ok. He couldn’t restart the race, but the most important thing is that he is not injured, and he is fully fit for Misano. On the other side of the pit box, Alex did a great job. He learnt a lot, rode a strong race and passed some regular MotoGP riders. He is not entirely happy because he wanted more, but I consider this a good thing because he is hungry for success. We were hoping that he could score one point, but in the end, he got three, so altogether, it was a solid performance. I would like to thank him for his efforts and also Yamaha for letting him ride for Monster Yamaha Tech3. Italy is going to be another adventure for Alex because he wants to be closer to the mid-pack and we think he can do it. I also want to tell him that he made no mistakes, he learnt a lot in both the dry and the wet so he is almost a complete MotoGP rider. Now, we have a few days off to rest before Misano, but we are all excited for the next challenge.”

 

Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Pol Espargaro battled against the British weather to qualify on the fifth row for the round 12 fight at the high-speed Silverstone circuit. The Spaniard began the day by completing 18 laps in FP3, which was more than any other MotoGP rider as he determinedly continued adjusting the setup of his Yamaha YZR-M1. Despite his best efforts, he finished the session in 11th which meant that he just missed out on the cut off point for Q2 by 0.110. Later on, the expected rain fell and the Tech3 riders had to contest the remaining practices in wet and windy conditions. Nevertheless, when QP1 commenced, Espargaro got straight to work as he dodged the rain before producing his quickest time of 2’18.871 on the penultimate lap. This performance leaves the 25-year-old in 15th for the start of tomorrow’s 20 lap sprint as the leading satellite rider in the championship standings remains fully confident of clinching a top 10 result.

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team pit box, Alex Lowes will kick off his debut MotoGP race from one position behind his teammate after delivering an impressive display today at Silverstone. Lowes started his second day aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 by notably finishing FP3 with a lap that was only just over a second back from 9 time World Champion, Valentino Rossi. In addition, his time was eight-tenths of a second quicker than his fastest lap from yesterday. This performance left him highly motivated for success in the afternoon qualifying session and after superbly completing the wet FP4 practice in 12th, he immediately attacked at speed in QP1. There, Lowes produced a personal best that left him a mere 0.029 behind his teammate, plus, his ideal lap time would have seen him top the session and finish ahead of Eugene Laverty. The young Briton fully intends to continue his learning experience tomorrow, having already completed a total of 75 laps, including 16 in the wet, on the Yamaha MotoGP bike as he seeks to open his MotoGP account with a point scoring finish.


Pol Espargaro

Position: 15th - Time: 2'18.871 - Laps: 7


 

Pol Espargaro - 2016

"It hasn’t been too positive today and now we have a bit of a challenge tomorrow after the tricky qualifying. Fortunately, the FP3 session was completely dry, so we were able to take advantage of the track time where we tried to find some solutions to the issues that we were struggling with yesterday. However, as the temperature was quite low, we couldn’t find the information that we needed. At the end of the practice, I pushed as hard as I could in order to qualify for QP2, but similarly to yesterday, I finished just outside the top ten. I had another rider in front of me, and he made a mistake in the last sector which ended up disturbing me and so I had to cancel my lap. This was a big shame because qualifying one was going to be tough anyway, but like I imagined, it also turned out to be wet. In the damp, my feeling was not the best and we were struggling with the front half of the M1, just like in FP4. The bike seemed to be floating and at the end of the session, the tyre felt like it was brand new. In addition, I also think that we have a large margin of improvement to make in the acceleration department. In Q1, I pushed as hard as I could but things didn’t turn out too positively and as a result, I have to start quite far back tomorrow. With unpredictable weather forecast, I’m not sure what to expect, and of course, I haven’t given myself an easy task with the grid position. Yet, I am confident that in the warm up, we will have the same conditions as the race, so we need to take advantage of the track time in order to refine a few things so that we can be as competitive as possible in the afternoon."

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Alex Lowes

Position: 16th - Time: 2'18.900 -Laps: 6


 

Alex Lowes - 2016"I have to say that I am really enjoying this experience and I tried my best even if it was a bit challenging today as it was my first time in the wet on the YZR-M1 but I am looking forward to more track time tomorrow. I hoped that there was a chance to get through to Q2, but I can’t be too unrealistic as this is my first weekend on a MotoGP bike and I only completed my first laps in the damp in FP4. Here, I felt good and I finished in 12th which set me up well for qualifying. I would have liked to have done a bit better in QP1 but I lost a bit of confidence tipping into the corner and that made me lose some time. I know that I really can’t be disappointed but as a racer, I always want to do better, so maybe I could have got into Q2 but that would have been because of the weather. However, when I take a step back, I’ve got to remember that it’s only day 2 and that I have learnt a lot in this short space of time. Whether it is wet or dry tomorrow, I have a realistic goal which is to try and get into the points. It was nice to try the bike in the wet, so I have had a bit of preparation if it does rain in the race, but let's see what happens. I had fun today and I enjoyed riding the YZR-M1 and now I am excited for my first MotoGP event. I must also say that it’s fantastic to see the support around the track so thanks to my fans for spurring me on, and it’s a pleasure that my first Grand Prix is at my home GP."

Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Pol Espargaro positively concluded the first day of the British Grand Prix as he took the first steps in setting up his Yamaha for Sunday’s round 12 fight. The Spaniard began by completing the opening shakedown in 6th and just over a tenth of a second back from third place. The confident start left the 25-year-old eager for the afternoon practice and when it commenced, he carried on as he took advantage of the dry session, with rain expected over the weekend. After completing 16 laps, his best time saw him finish in 11th and only 0.541 back from the quickest Factory Yamaha MotoGP bike. Now the top independent rider in this year’s championship standings fully intends to increase his pace further tomorrow in order to clinch a solid grid position for Sunday’s race.

Meanwhile, Alex Lowes undertook an impressive start to his debut MotoGP outing at Silverstone where he closed the day just over 1.2 of a second back from his teammate. The stand-in rider, who is replacing the injured Bradley Smith for this race and the San Marino Grand Prix, kicked off the day by using the morning practice to take the first steps in adapting to the Yamaha YZR-M1. The young Briton’s progress was significant and when the afternoon session began, he continued his efforts. Here, Lowes notably produced a lap that was 2.370 quicker than his personal best from FP1, which also left him right in the hunt with the satellite MotoGP riders in free practice 2. Tomorrow, the 25-year-old aims to make further advances ahead of his first MotoGP qualifying shootout.


Pol Espargaro

Position: 11th - Time: 2'02.573 - Laps: 29


Pol Espargaro - 2016

"Overall, the opening day at Silverstone has been a solid one and I am confident that I can climb the standings more tomorrow. We started pretty well and in FP1 I felt really comfortable on the bike. Then, we managed to improve quite a lot in the afternoon, however, we just missed out on the top ten at the end of the day. Therefore, this is a bit disappointing considering that the weather forecast for tomorrow morning is uncertain. Anyway, today the grip level changed a lot between the two sessions, and for some reason, I just didn’t have the same feeling. Now we will have a good look into the data and I am sure that we will find a solution to turn around this slight issue. The main area where we still have a margin of improvement to make is the corner speed. Moreover, we began to explore tyre options today, but it is too early to make a decision on which compound we will use on Sunday as the track conditions will continue to change. Even if it rains tomorrow, I am convinced that we can do a good job and hopefully, score a strong qualifying position."

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Alex Lowes

Position: 19th - Time: 2'03.855 - Laps: 21


 

Alex Lowes - 2016"I really enjoyed my first day and I am excited for tomorrow, with the main aim being to continue improving. Unfortunately, I made one small mistake this morning, and crashed in the last lap of FP1, however, due to the timing, it luckily meant that I didn’t lose any precious track time. Anyway, the team did a great job with fixing the bike, so I have to say thanks to them. FP2 went a lot better and I started to understand the bike more, which raised my confidence. I still have a lot more to learn but I feel that I made some big steps forward. Day one is out of the way so I’ll digest what has happened and I will think about some areas of improvement from my side for tomorrow. I am certain that we can be closer to the front in the next few days, and I want to get as near as possible to Pol. However, I have to stay realistic and I know that the faster you get, the harder it is. I think I did quite a good job today so thanks to the team for their great work and I’m looking forward to pushing more tomorrow."

 

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