Ian Lowry says he is already surpassing his own expectations after scoring a fine sixth place finish in the latest round of the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.
The Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider was in impressive form throughout only his second weekend aboard a Superbike, qualifying on the second row before proving equally competitive in the races.
Finishing seventh in the first outing, Lowry followed it up with sixth in the second race after prevailing in a lengthy exchange with Simon Andrews and Gary Mason, much to his delight.
“I can't complain,” a smiling Lowry told Crash.net Radio
. “The bike has worked well from the start of the weekend and we haven't had to change much. I have never been on a Superbike before, so every time I go out it is a learning experience for me. The team has worked hard all weekend in order to get the bike where it is, so it is great for them as well.”
Having kept his expectations modest heading into the season, Lowry is delighted to be tackling – and beating – more experienced riders so early into his Superbike tenure.
“I am riding with a lot of seasoned professionals, so for me to come in as rookie and take the fight to them is really good. I am loving the new GSX-R1000, so hopefully we can continue progressing to Donington Park.
“My goal for the team was top fifteen as it's my first year on a Superbike. To be up running sixth and seventh is absolutely fantastic. It is a real buzz and gives me plenty of confidence.”