Silverstone GP: Lowes shoots to dramatic pole position

Sam Lowes has become the first British rider since Barry Sheene in 1977 to start on pole position at the British Grand Prix, during an eventful qualifying.

Lowes made it to Parc Ferme in heroic style

Photo: SpeedUp Facebook

Setting a lap time of 2.06.345 Lowes was able to stun the home crowd on his Speed Up Racing machine, despite running out of fuel and leaving himself with just two laps to secure a strong qualifying position the Lincolnshire rider was able to pull out all the stops in front of his home crow

Lowes explains his fuel incident: “I messed up a little bit, I read my board wrong and thought I was one lap too many, no one actually saw it but I actually dropped the bike.”

“After that I knew what I had to do, he continues, “I thought a middle 2.06 would be possible so to do a 2.06.3 I was happy. I’ve got a lot of support this weekend which I really appreciate. I’ve tried all weekend and I’ve pushed in all the sessions. I’ve worked a lot on used tyres and I couldn’t have worked in any better way to put myself in a good position for the race. I’ve worked as hard as I can, I feel good, if its wet or dry I think I can be there, I’m really happy for this pole position and I can’t wait for the race.”


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