Ian Lowry has made his first tentative steps towards the 2009 British Superbike Championship by conducting his maiden Superbike test with the Relentless Suzuki by TAS at Kirkistown.
Lowry, who makes the move to Superbikes having raced with Relentless in the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship the last three seasons, was on hand to test the 2009 specification GSX-R1000 around the Irish circuit, completing around 90 laps.
Remarking the differences in style between the Supersport and Superbike machines, Lowry says the test has certainly whetted his appetite ahead of his BSB bow next month.
''The whole day was really good and it was the first time I had ridden the Superbike and all I can really say is it's phenomenal,” he told the British Superbike website. “I had a brilliant day out on track and feel really positive about how we were doing on circuit.
“We had really good conditions today so I felt like I was going well, I think I did 80 to 90 laps which was a good start to testing and gave me a good chance to get a feel for the Superbike.
''The track here is a great test circuit for us, it has lots of different elements with fast corners and chicanes and it is also quite flat so I could feel the speed difference between this and the Supersport bike.
“It is a different riding style to suit the Superbike; I have to react differently in corners and also on the throttle but I feel that I have been adapting really well and I have nothing to complain about which is always a good sign! We will be out on track again before Brands Hatch and I can't wait to get out on the grid for round one!''
Lowry will be joined by Atsushi Watanabe in an expanded two-bike line-up for the Relentless by TAS team in 2009.