Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider Sam Lowes had a frustrating opening round of the season in Qatar as jump starts overshadowed the race and saw the Brit being made to take a ride through penalty.
Starting from second on the grid Lowes got a strong start off the line and clearly had the pace to fight for the race win under the floodlights. Despite this pace his race was over before it started as it was declared he had jumped the start along with five other riders in the intermediate class.
Even though the Lincolnshire rider was frustrated by the penalty he was able to use his anger to secure himself a top nine finish after he found himself down in 23rd position following his ride through on lap three.
Lowes explained: “I’m a little angry, but the rules are the rules so I accept the penalty. The important thing is to finish the race and I rode well. Folger had pushed hard early in the race but fell, I knew I had a better pace today. Given the penalties with the passage in the pit lane, I finished the race just over 20 seconds behind the winner so it’s not bad at all. The result is positive for the championship, because our strongest rivals did not get much more: the first race of the season is always a bit strange, but we have proven to be fast and I am sure that the next race will be fine! ”