World Supersport points leader Sam Lowes wants to move to Moto2 next season because his Russian team, Yakhnich Motorsport, plans to switch from a proven Yamaha package to MV Agusta next season, according to European media reports.
British rider Lowes tested the MV Agusta and was less than impressed. The team liked the Italian machine. Rock, meet hard place: Lowes wants out.
"I will not go back next year to (ride an) MV. The team thinks I am, but this is not so. This is not a good, competitive bike."
Lowes has won five of 10 starts with eight poles this season on a Yamaha R6. So it's understandable why he's reluctant to change bikes.
But there's one problem: Lowes is under contract to Yakhnich next season. He said he will stay with the team if it stays with Yamaha or moves to another competitive manufacturer, singling out Aprilia. But Lowes said he will break his Yakhnich deal if the team follows through with its switch to MV Agusta.
Lowes reportedly negotiated with Tech 3 for one of its two Moto2 seats for next season. But the fee to trigger an escape clause with Yakhnich is believed to be too high for Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal to stomach even though his Moto2 riders this season, Danny Kent and Louis Rossi, are languishing in 21st and 23rd place, respectively, in the standings.