In the Superbike tests in Barcelona there were two special 'interlopers', Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez. The two riders of the Marc VDS Team were not able to ride with their Moto2 (the World Championship rules prohibit it) but they did not miss an opportunity to put in some laps on the asphalt of Montmelò with two Yamaha R1s but branded with the colours of their team.
Despite being standard bikes (again, as required by the regulation) the two did not hold back on the gas, as you can see in the video above. Their times were also really interesting, Sam this morning lapped just over 4 seconds from Rea's quickest time, the demonstration of how a super sports bike that comes from the dealer can be extremely high performing, logically in the right hands. While Johnny set a time of 1m40.450, Lowes stopped the clocks at 1m44.705, a respectable time indeed.
"I am very happy with the pre-season we have done as it has allowed me to test my shoulder and above all, to work on the endurance on the bike,” said the British rider. “During the lockdown we have all trained hard, but the effort involved in riding can only be worked on by being back on the bike. My shoulder is fine now. I don't have any pain and I have recovered almost all my mobility and I covered the race distance perfectly. I feel good and I'm ready to go for it. My objective is to compete regularly for the front positions and be able to aim for the title. To do this it will be important to start well at Jerez because with a calendar of races so close together, the boost of good results will be an important psychological factor for everyone.”
As mentioned, teammate Augusto Fernandez was also on the track with him.
"It was a very positive test,” said the Spaniard. “Even though we couldn't ride our race bikes, we were able to make good use of the time and kilometres at this test. I feel very well prepared physically and without a doubt the work we have done on the bike during these weeks will help us a lot in the first races. I can't wait to get to Jerez and feel the adrenaline of racing again. Despite the changes in the calendar, my goal is the same as it was in March, to fight for podiums and wins every weekend. My biggest hope is to be able to enter the fight for the title and to do this the key to the season will be to be consistent and not make mistakes.”