Rob McElnea hoping for some 'luck of the Irish'

After a season start to forget for Rob Mac Racing, team owner Rob McElnea is hoping the introduction of Ian Lowry will kick things off in a more positive way
Rob McElnea is confident his eponymous team is due for a change in luck as the third round of the MCE British Superbike Championship approaches after a tumultuous start to the season.

Prior to the start of the 2010 season, Rob Mac Racing had high hopes of challenging towards the front having lured former champion Neil Hodgson back to BSB and acquired the bikes that won the 2009 title for GSE Racing.

However, two rounds in and an accident for Hodgson at Brands Hatch has prompted him to retire from competition, while his team-mate Dan Linfoot has been unable to put his strong qualifying performances into better races results.

As such, change is afoot for Oulton Park with former Relentless Suzuki rider Ian Lowry being signed as Hodgson's replacement. With two promising riders now helming the Yamaha R1, McElnea is hopeful this will kick start its season.

“Well I never imagined a start to the year like this! Our World Champion team leader retired through injury without starting the first race, our young gun has not quite found his winter testing form and here we are with only two average results under our belts.

“Our luck has to change! Maybe the introduction of Ian Lowry will give us the 'luck of the Irish'! We will have everything crossed hoping that Ian and Dan can start their season at Oulton this weekend.

“Ian has had a couple of tests on the bike and with limited time really got on well, Dan will at last have a team mate to help him through the race weekend and hopefully settle him down for race day.

“We have yet to see the pace from him he set in Spain. He has qualified pretty well but has not turned the good start positions into race results. We know he has the pace to run with the fast guy's he just needs to get a start and settle down.

“Ian has a steep learning curve ahead of him - the bike is unique to ride and he is playing catch up, all the front riders are high on confidence and he has to jump in and try and hang on for the first couple of races.

Related Pictures

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Ian Lowry tests Motorpoint Yamaha at Oulton Park [pic credit: Rob Mac Racing]
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]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Nobby - Unregistered

April 28, 2010 8:18 PM

Well done Rob Mac for taking on Ian. Best of luck to the 2 young chargers at Oulton and for the rest of the season. Keep your head down and don't listen to the doubters, I hope Neil Hodgson stays involved to help the riders.

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