Aprilia backs Lowes to 'express his talent'
14 August 2017 – Aprilia boss Romano Albesiano has backed Sam Lowes to "express his talent" again in the future, following confirmation that the two parties will separate.
Lowes made the step up to MotoGP with Aprilia for 2017, on a two-year contract, but the team recently activated a clause to cut that short by one season.
Lowes, under pressure since the early rounds, holds 24th in the standings, having scored just two points so far, with team-mate Aleix Espargaró on 43.
His ride will be taken by fellow Briton Scott Redding, who currently races for Pramac Ducati, with the anticipated deal formally announced on Monday.
After confirming Redding's arrival, Albesiano was keen to thank Lowes for his efforts, and has tipped him to bounce back from what has been a challenging rookie campaign.
"We bid Sam Lowes farewell, certainly thanking him for his commitment and efforts and for the contribution he has made to the team's growth," he commented.
"He is a rider who will doubtless be able to express his talent, but right now we must make choices that allow us to fulfil our commitments to the Piaggio Group and our fans.
"We will continue to work together with the efforts we have always made so that he can have a good season finale and we wish Sam all the best for his career in the future."
Only Marc VDS Honda and Ducati satellite teams Aspar and Avintia have rides available for 2018.
Lowes' manager suggested at the Austrian Grand Prix that Marc VDS, led by Michael Bartholemy, could provide a better environment for his rider.
Lowes was a race winner in Moto2 before graduating to MotoGP.