Title-chasing Sam Lowes vows to be sensible at Magny-Cours
Sam Lowes admits it would be a dream to secure the World Supersport crown with a victory, but has vowed to ride with his head at Magny-Cours this weekend.
Lowes needs just two points to clinch the title with a round spare.
He may not even need that if arch-rival Kenan Sofuoglu fails to take maximum points.
The Lincoln-born rider only just missed out on clinching the crown in Turkey last time out as Sofuoglu took victory on home ground, with Lowes a close second.
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However, that has surely only delayed the inevitable with Lowes having finished first or second in every race he has completed this season.
The 23-year-old admits the pressure will be on him in central France, but will try and approach the weekend like any other.
“I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t any nerves and that I’m not under pressure,” admitted the Yakhnich Yamaha ace.
“The plan is to approach practice and qualifying in exactly the same way.
“And I plan to treat the race in the same way, at least until half distance anyway.
“There’s no point me hanging back in ninth or 10th place and just try to pick up a couple of points.
“If I do that I’ll being racing with people I’m not use to racing with, which could be risky.
“I want to be up at the front and if I feel I can win the race without taking too many risks I’ll do that. It would be a dream to win the title by winning the race.
“But I can’t be stupid. If me and Kenan are up there and battling with someone else, and there’s a gap behind, I’ll drop back in the second half of the race. I’ve got to be sensible.”
Following Sunday’s race, Lowes is set to unveil where he’ll be riding in 2014.
He will not be riding in the World Supersport Championship again and is wanted by teams in both the Moto2 and World Superbike paddocks.
It is also a huge weekend for Lowes’ twin brother Alex, who is chasing the British Superbike title.
The Samsung Honda ace heads to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the series second in the standings, just one point behind reigning champion Shane Byrne of Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.
All eyes will be on the pair after their clash in race two at Assen which led to Byrne crashing out and Lowes being excluded from the race.
“Assen is done and makes no difference,” he said. “I am still feeling confident because we have shown the pace of the Samsung Honda at the past three rounds.”
After the National Superstock 1000 Championship was not part of the programme at Assen, Skellingthorpe’s Lee Jackson returns to action for Buildbase BMW.
The teenager is sixth in the standings, just 13 points off third place.