The 2020 Moto2 world champion will be decided at Portimao, the battle coming down to Bastianini, Marini, Bezzecchi and Lowes. Here are some of the Brit's strengths and weaknesses…
Following the Valencia GP, the Moto2 title fight is still wide open, with four riders in with a mathematical chance of being crowned champion, namely Enea Bastianini, Marco Bezzecchi, Luca Marini and Sam Lowes. The British rider, competing for the MarcVDS team, lies 14 points behind leader Bastianini and finished fourteenth at the latest round, despite wrist problems resulting from a crash during FP3. Here we look at the pros and cons of the talented Lincoln native.
One point in the 30-year old Brit’s favour is the experience he has compared to his closest rivals. Sam is the only one of the four to have already won a world title, having triumphed in the 2013 Supersport championship aboard the Yamaha of team Yakhnich. He has also won at the very Portuguese track that will host the season finale, again in 2013, and knows the circuit better than the others.
Another aspect that makes Lowes a tough opponent is his speed. When he’s on form, the Brit is able to set blistering pace, as he demonstrated over the two Aragon race weekends.
For every pro, there’s a con. And although Sam is extremely fast, it’s unlikely he’ll be in top shape at Portimao following the injury to his right hand sustained at Valencia. The Portuguese track runs in a clockwise direction and the undulating surface will clearly put the Brit to the test. He’ll need to grit his teeth if he wants to finish ahead of his closest rivals.
On paper, it looks almost impossible for the MarcVDS rider. But there’s no doubt that we’re in for a real battle, during what promises to be an unmissable season finale.
Translated by Heather Watson