Sam Lowes believes he could have won his home round of the World Supersport Championship at Donington Park had he not been forced to retire with mechanical problems.

The Parklagar Honda rider started third on the grid for his home race, but was bumped down the order early on after getting a poor start.

However, Lowes fought his way back into contention to get as high as third, setting a new fastest lap as he went off in pursuit of leaders Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies. However, a clutch problem shortly afterwards would force him into retirement.

A bitter disappointment for Lowes, who finished third at Phillip Island, while he was pleased with his race pace, he was frustrated not to reach the finish.

"It is a real shame that I had a clutch problem as I was closing in on the two leaders and feel sure that I could have won the race - I got the lap record just before retiring. I was upset, I really wanted to win here in front of my home crowd. On the positive front we have shown how fast we are and now I am looking forward to making amends at Assen."

It was a tough day for the PTR stable, with Lowes and neither PTR Bogdanka machine finishing, while a fifth bike for Robert Muresan under the PTR Romania banner didn't start following a warm-up crash.

 

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