Ian Lowry was disappointed tyre conservation problems prevented him from translating his front running pace into anything more substantial than an eighth place finish at Thruxton.

Once again making the top ten shootout aboard the Relentless by TAS Suzuki, Lowry briefly ran inside the top five of the opening race but plummeted sharply as he began to lose grip in his rear tyre around the fearsome high-speed circuit.

Embarking on a more conservative strategy in the second race, Lowry admits he backed off too much in the end, suggesting he had the pace to have finished inside the top six.

"I'm disappointed as I was on-the-pipe in that first race before the rear tyre ran into problems. In the second race I tried to preserve the tyre and was possibly a little conservative. I should really have been in that top six battling for a podium, but I now think it's as much down to experience as it is pace.

"The GSX-R1000 Superbike was a match for anything at the fast Thruxton Circuit and I now just have to put the head down and get myself ready for Snetterton in a couple of weeks time."