|Refreshed and ready to race again is the feeling inside the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team as Moto2 World Championship leader Tony Arbolino and Sam Lowes return to competition in Silverstone’s British Grand Prix this weekend.
|After a five-week summer break, Silverstone kicks off an intense period of 12 races in 17 weeks.Practice action at the fast and technical Silverstone track gets underway at 9.50am local time on Friday morning, with the Moto2 race over 17 laps due to start at 1430pm in a revised Sunday schedule which will see Lowes and Arbolino complete the racing action.
|Sam Lowes is excited to be back in action in front of his passionate home crowd this weekend after he took a stunning Jerez victory and claimed two pole positions in the opening eight rounds of the campaign to sit eighth overall in the standings.The 32-year-old is determined to put on a great show after he missed last year’s British Grand Prix with a serious left shoulder injury sustained in a crash during the opening practice session.
A victory challenge is what Lowes is fully focused on coming into his crunch home round as he looks for a maiden podium at Silverstone, having claimed a previous best finish of fourth in 2021. He was also on pole at Silverstone in 2015 and 2016.“The target is to fight for the victory in my home race”“Silverstone is always a hugely exciting race for me and this year it has an extra special feeling because potentially it could be my last British Grand Prix.
I’m really looking forward to this weekend and getting back in action after what has been a very good summer break. I feel ready to restart having done some good training in Spain and I’m prepared for this busy schedule that is coming up to the end of the season. My immediate focus though is on Silverstone, and I can’t wait to be back in front of the British crowd, who have always given me great support. The target is to fight for the victory in my home race and I feel that we have a great chance.”
|A phenomenal run of six podiums in the opening eight races including wins in Termas and Le Mans see Arbolino arrive at Silverstone holding an eight-point lead in the title chase.
|The Italian has raced twice previously at the 5.9km Silverstone track in Moto2 and he claimed a battling 12th one year ago.
|Arbolino is looking to repeat his brilliant podium in the Moto3 class at Silverstone when he finished second from pole position in 2019.
|“I’m looking to build on a fantastic first part of the Championship”
|“It has felt like a long five weeks but finally we are set to start racing again and honestly, I can’t wait. I’ve really missed the adrenaline rush that only racing can provide, and I’ve really missed fighting for the podium. I’ve rested well but also trained well during the summer break and I feel mentally and physically very strong and looking forward to building on what was a fantastic first part of the Championship for myself and the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team. I’m confident that we can pick up where we left off and be strong and competitive this weekend and in all the forthcoming races.”