Lowry: I was up against it

Ian Lowry admits he was 'up against it' on his British Superbike Championship debut at Brands Hatch after injuring himself in an accident during free practice.

The Ulsterman required the use of crutches to get around on foot after colliding with Tom Tunstall during free practice, three days before the two races.

Qualifying down in 21st position, Lowry battled his way back into contention during the first race, overtaking several more experienced riders to eventually cross the line in 13th position and score three points.

Although electrical problems on his Relentless Suzuki kept him down in 19th position in race two, Lowry was pleased to come away from a difficult weekend with something to show for.

"I was up against it today with my injuries. I really needed to go into the season fully fit, and although I'm disappointed with the results, I'm just glad that my season wasn't ruined in Friday's incident.

“We have some positives to take away from the weekend even though the results are not what I was looking for. I need to get myself fit now for Oulton Park which is my favourite circuit."

Ex-Rizla Suzuki rider Atsushi Watanabe, meanwhile, endured a troublesome debut with the Relentless team, finishing well outside the points in both races.

"I have tried a lot of different things this weekend but I am disappointed not to have started the season with top ten finishes. We will make progress between now and Oulton Park and try to be up there in the results."

"That must be one of the toughest weekends we've ever had to deal with in British Championship,” said team princeal Philip Neill, “but with limited testing time on the new GSX–R1000 Superbike and Ian's injury we must take some positives from today.

“Ian's race one performance was admirable and only for an electrical fault he could have been fighting for a top ten result in race two.

“Atsu struggled today but we have been working hard to find him a setting that he likes. His late arrival left us with limited testing time prior to Brands, but we will regroup and prepare ourselves for round two at Oulton Park at the start of May."

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Ian Lowry - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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a - Unregistered

April 16, 2009 12:32 AM

Atsushi's just beginning his SECOND BSB season - he was Japanese SBK champion in 2007 (as well as 2002, and two championship runner-up spots in that time too). He is definitely underperforming though, not quite sure what the problem is although I hear it's a combination of new circuits, language barrier and adapting to a different brand of tyre from what he rode with in Japan where he clearly was very successful (and still is in the Suzuka 8hr last year, presumably with his preferred tyre). He's presumably more in the Yukio mould than a Kiyo - factory favourite sent over to do a job rather than young up-and-comer to be developed to a star, since he's 31 years of age.

Kiyo Rulz - Unregistered

April 16, 2009 6:01 PM

Atsu had a bad weekend, but I think he is a top class rider and with the right track and tyre knowledge, he could be racing nearer the front. He is a Japanese Superbike champion remember.

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