Padgett's Honda rider Ian Lowry

Padgett's Honda rider Ian Lowry

Ian Lowry sensationally secured a maiden race victory following a hard-fought slip-streaming battle in the first of the two races at the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton and then a fifth place put the Padgetts Honda rider at the top of the title standings.

The Ulsterman had been on the pace throughout the weekend and he harassed reigning champion Tommy Hill for much of the first race and as the Swan Yamaha rider struggled for pace in the closing stages, Lowry timed his move at Campbell to perfection.

“That was an absolutely fantastic result for me and the team,” enthused Lowry. “It worked out so well. I was able to sit there, watch Tommy setting the pace and then when he started to struggle a bit with five laps to go I knew where to make the move on him.

“I had the grip and was able to take him and pull away – it was just awesome coming round and seeing that I had a lead of one second,” added Lowry.

Aussie Josh Brookes snatched the victory for Tyco Suzuki in race two with a dramatic last lap move to deny Hill, who had to settle for second best again just ahead of the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki duo of former two times title winner Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton.

Race one:
1: Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda)
2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +2.794s
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +13.136s
4: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +13.566s
5: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +14.435s
6: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +18.433s

Race two:

1: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki)
2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.664s
3: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.443s
4: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.526s
5: Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +2.719s
6: Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +15.445s

Championship standings:

1: Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) 49
2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 47
3: Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) 43
4: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 40
5: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 38
6: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 24

The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on 5/6/7 May.


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