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Aprilia MotoGP team ‘overestimated’ itself in signing Lowes for ’17

Original Article Credit – Francesco Corghi, Jamie Klein – AutoSport.com Aprilia racing manager Romano Albesiano admits the Italian MotoGP manufacturer “overestimated” its own capabilities when it chose to recruit Sam Lowes for 2017. Lowes originally agreed a two-year deal with Aprilia, but the Moto2 graduate was released half way through his contract after a rookie campaign that was largely devoid of results. He will return to the intermediate class this year, having been replaced at Aprilia by Pramac Ducati convert Scott Redding. Asked about the decision to release Lowes, Albesiano said he “believed” in the Briton but added his lack of experience of other MotoGP bikes meant Lowes was likely to fail in his first season at the top level. “Unfortunat...