He had a tough season and it could have had a very different outcome; instead he finished third in the overall standings.
Marc VDS rider Sam Lowes spoke about his 2020 season, the wins, podiums but also a defeat: “I’ve learned to have fun on the bike again”.
“Overall it was a good season”
Lowes starts by analysing his championship: “If you’d told me at the start of the year that I would win again and that I’d finish third overall despite two injuries, I’d have taken it for sure. Of course, when you get to the last race and still have chance to win and then don’t, it’s a little disappointing. But, overall, I’d say it was a very good season”.
But there was more to it than that: “This year I tried to work hard and improve in many ways. I learned a lot in the garage, I worked well with the technicians to prepare the bike. We often had three races in a row and I had to manage my physical prep. But the most important thing is that I’ve learned to have fun on the bike again. I’ve enjoyed myself and improved my riding. Basically, it’s been a great year, while previous years were a struggle. I always have fun on the bike, but sometimes, as hard as you try, you can’t have fun like I have this year”.
The problems arrived in Valencia, when he crashed during FP3 and hurt his hand: “I crashed because I was pushing too hard in a sector of the track where I was already very fast – he explains – What could have been a little crash actually had important consequences for the end of the season because it meant I had to run the last two races with an injured hand, and just 10 more points would have given me the title. I don’t know if the final result would have changed or not, but I’ve learned from what happened. If I could go back, I’d have done FP3 in a different way”.
“In 2021 I’ll fight for the title”
Lowes is now fully focused on 2021 when he’ll have another chance to fight: “This season’s performance and results encourage me to want to work harder and continue to improve next year. I’m highly motivated and feel comfortable saying that next year I want to win the world championship. My goal this year was to be competitive and win races. I hadn’t seriously considered fighting for the title until I was really in the mix. In 2021 I’ll fight to become world champion. I think it’s a realistic, feasible goal. Perhaps I won’t manage it, but I think it’s right to start the season with this mentality”.
Translated by Heather Watson