Sam Lowes showed his patriotic side at the Silverstone Moto2 race with a customised helmet design that read ‘Home Sweet Home’. You can see him showing it off in the photograph below. Silverstone was a real family affair this year for the Lowes twins as Alex Lowes was deputising for the injured Bradley Smith in the Tech 3 MotoGP team.
Lowes updated the top of his helmet to include a giant heart which had the phrase written in red letters inside it.
The happy homecoming for Sam Lowes would sadly take a darker turn however. Lowes had been fast in every session at Silverstone and started the Moto2 race on Pole Position, before going on to lead the first 7 laps of the race. Lowes remained fast throughout the race and in the closing stages he started to push forwards again to compete for victory. Despite this dream-start at his home GP, fate (in the shape of Johan Zarco), had other plans for Sam Lowes. Zarco collided with Lowes with only a few laps to go taking them both out of the race and ending Sam’s hunt for a podium.
Sam Lowes said:
“I had some problems early in the race, but then later it was easy for me to recover: in the final stages I was feeling really comfortable so, with three laps to go, I passed Zarco and I was already thinking about catching Luthi, because I felt to have something in the pocket,” Lowes said.
“Then Zarco made a move on the inside, pushing me off track with a stupid manoeuvre. Zarco made something wrong, and I think he made it on purpose, so he deserved to be penalised, but at this point I don’t care about it: apart from the Championship, today was a special day for me and I wanted to win, but for this it was not possible.
“I worked hard during all the weekend and I was fast on both dry and wet, then in the race I was in a good position to win. I really wanted to get the win in my home race, and it’s a difficult to accept this situation, because I didn’t make any mistake.”