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Lowry loses ground after frustrating race day

Title contender Ian Lowry comes away from Knockhill with limited returns on an otherwise competitive weekend.
Ian Lowry says he needs to get his 'season back on track' after seeing a brace of good results go wanting during race day at Knockhill.

The Ulsterman emerged as an unexpected title contender when he secured his first-ever BSB victory at Thruxton earlier in the season, but indifferent form since then has lost him ground in the overall standings.

Looking to make amends at Knockhill, Lowry qualified well in fifth place and proceeded to run with Shane Byrne, Michael Laverty, Tommy Hill and Josh Brookes during the opening race, only to take a tumble at the mid-way stage.

“The crash in the first race was my own fault, I'm not really sure what happened but I was pushing quite hard and just tucked the front. I was pretty mad as I knew I had a good race pace and my times were really good and on the same pace as the front runners it's just frustrating.

Race two started noticeably better, but a problem with the rear tyre would see the Padgetts Honda rider slip back to an eventual tenth place at the chequered flag, much to his frustration.

“There wasn't much damage done to the bike and I got a really good start in race two but from early on it was sliding about and I was struggling for grip. I'm a bit gutted as despite the crash I was feeling really confident going into race two after seeing my lap times from the first races.

Reflecting on his season so far, though Lowry remains firmly in the crucial top six overall, he is perplexed by the inconsistencies that have plagued him.

"I'm really disappointed with how race day went as the Padgetts Honda has been running really well all weekend. It's beginning to be frustrating now and every weekend I'm running really well in practice and qualifying and then something goes wrong.

“I'm still fifth in the Championship but I'm not happy I need to start getting good points again and get my season back on track."



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