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LOWES BAGS MARC VDS DEAL

After much speculation, Sam Lowes has announced the continuation of his career on the World stage. Britain's talented nice guy will keep his smile in the paddock of Moto2 for two more years after he signed with the multiple World Championship winning team, Marc VDS. Here's what he had to say on his future and his new teammate:

"I have a contract for the next two years to stay in Moto2, which is great for me. I have a really good relationship with that team and the owner of that team ever since 2016. I think it was in Aragon, I won the race and his two riders were second and third and he said something really nice to me that day. He loves number 22 and he likes my riding and one day he wants me on his bike, this was obviously something nice to hear. The way it's planned out with Gresini this year, we're not continuing and I've been given opportunity there so I'm really looking forward to it".

"I think this year I would have really benefitted from having a teammate because when you go to a test and you have three days to relax, three days riding so you're always going to be fast by the third day as you've tried many things. But now on a race weekend, because it's a whole new bike this year with the Triumph engine and everything, you've not got much track time. So some times this year, we've messed up, myself and the team. But if we have two riders that's twice the information, so it could have been an advantage. Next year I'm going to be teammate to Alex Marquez, who, is fighting for the championship and looks good so it's a really good thing. We know he's going to be fighting for the Championship next year even if he wins this year and he's doing really well on this new bike and he's had 5 years in that team and on that bike. So it will be really good to be on the inside and see what he's doing, not copy it but use that information to prove myself so I think it's a good thing. You hear everyone say the number one rule is to beat your teammate, it'll be a big job especially how I'm going now but if I keep improving I know I won't be far away".