Sam Lowes eager to chase down World Supersport leader
Sam Lowes insists he has plenty of time to reel in World Supersport leader Kenan Sofuoglu, but accepts a positive result at Aragon this weekend is key to his title hopes.
Lowes has enjoyed a terrific second full season at world level, winning one race and scorching to four pole positions, writes Mark Whiley.
However, the Lincoln rider suffered a setback last time out at Misano when a crash saw him finish 18th and fall 30 points behind two-time champion Sofuoglu.
Lowes insists he is over that disappointment and is determined to clinch his second win of the campaign at Aragon in Spain.
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"I was disappointed with what happened at Misano," said the Bogdanka PTR Honda rider.
"We had a few little problems in the race, then I pushed too hard and crashed."
"But I'm 100 per cent over that now and I'm looking forward to Aragon.
"I've got good memories from there. I qualified third there last year and then finished a close second in the race.
"It's a circuit that suits my style. The first half of the lap is quite twisty while the second half is fast.
"The bike and the team are great, I couldn't be happier, and we're looking for a win this weekend."
Lowes says beating Sofuoglu's Kawasaki is a priority this weekend.
"In terms of points we're only a race win behind Kenan and there's a long way to go in the championship. We can still do it," added Lowes, who trails PTR Honda team-mate Jules Cluzel by eight points in second place.
"But it's important we finish ahead of Kenan. He's the man to beat as he's been there and done it before.
"There's pressure on me, but no more pressure than I put on myself. I'm feeling confident."