Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Ian Lowry’s hungry for slice of the big time

On track: Alistair Seeley has tasted success in the British Superbike Championship

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship moves to Cadwell Park this weekend for round four, and with all three Ulsterman — Michael Laverty, Alastair Seeley and John Laverty — having already popped podium corks this season, it could be the turn of Moira’s Ian Lowry at the famous Lincolnshire ‘mountain circuit.’

Lowry stepped in to replace Neil Hodgson in the Motorpoint Yamaha team at Oulton Park, after the former WSB champion announced his retirement due to injury, but the 23-year-old had a baptism of fire on his debut with two non-finishes.

The Moira lad has also been campaigning one of the all-new £50,000 Moto2 machines in the Spanish Championship this term, but with two non-starts from the opening two races at Catalunya and Albacete, the former chef will be looking to cook up a storm this weekend in an attempt to get his season back on track.

“I am so excited about getting back on the Yamaha this weekend at Cadwell and giving the team a good result as Oulton Park was all a bit crazy I guess,” said Lowry. “I had good race pace but messed up qualifying and paid the price of trying to push too early.

“I feel a lot more relaxed now; I know the pace of the front guys and I love Cadwell Park so I have a much better mindset for the weekend.”

One rider who will be looking to continue his rich vein of form is Welsh-based Toomebridge man Michael Laverty, spearheading

the Relentless by TAS Suzuki charge in the British series.

Laverty took his maiden BSB victory at Oulton Park on May 3, and the former British Supersport champion is currently brimming with confidence.

“I was back home in Northern Ireland for the North West 200, where I got the chance to relax while everyone else was getting stressed,” joked Laverty. “It was a good weekend for the team with Alastair winning two races, but it’s back to BSB now, and it’s great to be coming into the meeting as a winner. I’ve known all season that I have the speed to be winning, but it’s nice to finally prove it and my confidence is high.”

l North West winner Keith Amor has been handed a dream ride at the Isle of Man TT as he takes advantage of Steve Plater’s unlucky break at the Triangle.

Plater’s broken arm has opened the door for the Scotsman to partner 15-times TT winner John McGuinness in the HM Plant Honda Fireblades team.

“It’s all a bit surreal but I feel incredibly proud and privileged to have been asked by the HM Plant Honda team to ride for them at the TT and also, stand in for such an incredible rider as Steve,” said Amor. “When the team called me I was more surprised than anything and it goes to show how you can never predict anything and how life and fortune can change so quickly. Two weekends ago I was stuck in Italy due to cancelled flights and wasn’t sure I was even going to able to make it to the NW200 to compete, and now I have one of the most sought after rides in the paddock!”

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