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Lowry: We've taken a step in the right direction
28 May 2012
Ian Lowry bounced back in style after a poor run of results last time out at Oulton Park to put his season back on track at Snetterton.
The Moira rider, who won his first MCE British Superbike race at Thruxton for Clive Padgett's Honda team, finished eighth in the first race before improving to take fourth in race two on the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Lowry performed consistently in practice and qualifying but suffered a huge blow when he crashed out of Superpole two in the early stages, leaving him in 19th position on the grid in the first race yesterday.
But undeterred he bravely battled his way through the field and was involved in a sprint to the line for seventh place with veteran Chris Walker, who only just held on by a few hundredths of a seconds to squeeze out the Ulsterman.
Lowry's time in race one saw him move up the grid to 12th position for the second race at the Norfolk venue and he clawed back time to eventually pass Alex Lowes for fourth.
The Northern Irishman set about reducing the gap to Josh Brookes in third, but he ran out of time and crossed the line for a well deserved fourth.
“I'm pretty pleased with the results today as it's a massive step in the right direction after the nightmare that we had at Oulton Park,” he said.
“I was pretty annoyed after I crashed in second Superpole as we'd been running really good times all weekend.
“I knew I could have done good in the races but we ended up 19th on the grid and that certainly didn't help my progress,” he added.
“It gave me an awful lot of work to do and I had to make sure I passed people in the early stages of the race to enable me to get up into a top ten position.
“Being that far back during the first few laps was pretty chaotic and I didn't want to do anything stupid and crash so I just chipped away and tried to put in a decent lap time to hoist me up the grid a bit further for race two.”
On his performance in the second race, Lowry was thrilled to finish fourth and add some solid points to the board to move into fifth position in the championship standings.
“I'm fifth in the championship now and would really like to get myself back on the podium, I know I'm capable and the Padgetts Honda certainly is,” he said.
“I still had a lot of work to do in that second race, so I'm pleased overall with the points and it was a satisfying weekend.”
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