Ian Lowry has been given the chance to ride British Superbike machinery for the first time since the end of the 2009 season after being called upon to replace Motorpoint Yamaha's Neil Hodgson at an Oulton Park test.

Despite finishing as the highest-placed Superbike rookie in fifth overall last year, ex-Relentless Suzuki man Lowry was unable to land a BSB ride for 2010 and has now turned his attentions to racing in Spain.

However, with Hodgson still unable to ride following his shoulder injury-aggravating fall during the Brands Hatch opener last weekend, Rob McElnea called up the former Virgin Mobile Cup race winner to take his place for testing around the Cheshire circuit.

Although Lowry is currently committed to racing in the CEV Moto2 Championship, which kicks off next weekend - thus potentially ruling him out of acting as a substitute for Hodgson should he require one -, he hints that there could be further opportunities for him in the future.

"I get a call out of the blue from Rob on Tuesday and here I am on the 2009 winning machine! The circumstances are not ideal with Neil taking a knock at Brands, but I welcomed the opportunity to test the bike.

"The test went well, the bike gives good confidence and I'll just wait and see how things pan out."

With regards to Hodgson, McElnea admits he won't know until next week whether the former champion will be declared fit enough to race at Thruxton.

"We are still shell shocked from the weekend. We really had a great build up for the start of the season and Brands shattered our dreams! Neil's injury is the worst news as it has knocked his entire winter recovery plan into touch and put him back to square one. All we can do is wait for news from specialists.

"To be able to have someone like Ian to call on is great news for the team and our sponsors - all we can do is wait for news from Neil's medics early next week."



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