Lowry excited by Padgetts Honda move

Ian Lowry says his move to Padgetts Honda in the MCE British Superbike Championship is an excellent opportunity to get back to form after two tough seasons.
Northern Ireland's Ian Lowry has a gilt-edged chance to put himself firmly back on the British Superbike map after penning a deal to ride for Clive Padgett's Honda squad this season.

Lowry will be joined in the team by former World Superbike and Supersport rider Luca Scassa as the Moira man bids to kick-start his faltering career in the wake of two largely unsuccessful and trying years in the sport.

But now the former British Supersport Championship runner-up has a new lease of life after switching to the Padgetts Racing team – a British motorcycling institution – with Italian ace Scassa as his team-mate.

Lowry, the top rookie in the British Superbike Championship when he finished fifth on the TAS Suzuki in 2009, is desperate to seize his chance and prove that he can run at the top level in British Superbikes.

“The team is phenomenal and this gives me a chance to show my true colours – I'm over the moon with the deal,” Lowry said. “Clive [Padgett] needs no introduction – he has something like 28 British championships under his belt and countless TT wins and what he doesn't know about those Hondas isn't worth knowing.

“He is really enthusiastic and is looking forward to the challenge of being back in British Superbikes because he hasn't been in the class for a few years now.”

After a miserable 2010 season, Lowry endured another torrid campaign last year as he struggled to make an impact on the Buildbase BMW S1000RR.

The breaking point came at the ninth round of the championship at Cadwell Park after his engine blew during free practice. Lowry left the circuit and returned home as his association with the Buildbase team reached a conclusion.

He joined Nick Morgan's MSS Kawasaki team for the final three rounds of the series, but Lowry's bad luck continued as he failed to finish three of the seven races, ending a frustrating season languishing in 22nd position overall.

by Kyle White

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Ian Lowry - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Relentless by TAS Suzuki]
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Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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BSB race action, Brands Hatch [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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February 15, 2012 10:19 AM

a very good and talented rider,whos kinda fell on a poor couple of seasons,due to whatever reasons,but this padgetts ride is possibly his best ride yet,even better than his tas 2009 bsb debut ride its a tough season ahead as usual the big teams will be at the pointy end of affairs but his bike should be good,so its up to ian to pull it together and get the results his talent suggests ,good luck to him and padgetts for a good run

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