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08/11/2021 News

Lowes on the podium again

ALGARVE, Portugal, November 8th - Sam Lowes took third place at Portimao after winning the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna. He has now taken two podiums in a row, something he has not done since the first two races of the season in Qatar.


Success has once again proved elusive for the Tech 3 KTM Factory Team riders. After one of the best qualifying sessions of the season earned him a tenth place on the grid, and a strong start that saw him fighting for eighth place, Iker Lecuona made two costly mistakes. The first caused him to run off the track and lose precious seconds, the second put him on the deck, taking Miguel Oliveira with him. An incident that, with three laps to go, resulted in the premature end of the race. Danilo Petrucci was again hit by an opponent, this time Binder, just after the start of the race. As in Misano, the Italian was unable to continue. "It's a pity because we were strong in practice and had good race pace," regretted Hervé Poncharal at the finish.


It looked like it wasn’t going to be a good race for Sam Lowes, who only qualified eighth on the grid. “We worked hard in practice without worrying about our position," explained the Elf Marc VDS Racing rider. “We focused on my race pace and it paid off.” Fourth on lap six, Lowes then passed Bezzecchi to secure third place on the podium with his best time on lap 20. This result allowed the Briton to consolidate his fourth place in the overall classification. He now leads his teammate by 23 points. Augusto Fernandez, who chose a soft rear tyre as opposed to Lowes’ choice of a hard rear, struggled to maintain a good rhythm towards the end of the race. Fifth on the grid, the Spaniard had to settle for ninth place at the chequered flag.


Sixth at the chequered flag at the Algarve Grand Prix, Ayumu Sasaki had one of his best races of the season in Portugal. Qualifying in tenth position, the Japanese rider fought from start to finish on the penultimate round of the championship, despite receiving a long lap penalty. “This time I got a good start and managed to make some aggressive passes," commented the Tech 3 rider. “I felt good on the bike and was as fast as in qualifying, something I didn't expect." Daniel Holgado's third Grand Prix of his career, and second for Tech 3, saw him finish in thirteenth place to score three points.


Danilo Petrucci


19th (37 points)

Iker Lecuona


21st (38 points)


Sam Lowes


4th (181 points)

Augusto Fernandez


5th (158 points)


Ayumu Sasaki


9th (114 points)

Daniel Holgado


28th (4 points)