Rostrum place is on Lowry’s weekend radar
Published 11/09/2009 | 00:00
The tenth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at the North Yorkshire Croft Circuit where Ian Lowry, who currently lies sixth in the series, will be looking to move up the championship table as only six and a half points separate fourth place man Karl Harris and seventh placed Julian De Costa.
Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Lowry had his best result of the season at Cadwell Park in the last round where he finished fourth in the first race right on the heels of second and third place finishers Stuart Easton and James Ellison, less than a second covering the trio at the chequered flag.
Lowry, runner-up in the 2007 British Supersport championship and a rookie in the BSB championship this season, said: “After Cadwell a rostrum has to be the goal this weekend.
“I know I can run the pace of the frontrunners.
“It is just a matter of getting a good grid position in qualifying and getting away with the leading riders. I have been knocking on the door of a podium and that is the target before the season finishes.”
Airwaves Yamaha rider Leon Camier has a virtual unassailable lead in the BSB championship, but his dominance of the season in which he has won a record 15 races could well come under threat this weekend with the return of Ryuichi Kiyonari for a one-off ride with the HM Plant Honda Team for whom he won the BSB championship in 2006 and 2007.
Kiyo is, of course, a team-mate to Jonathan Rea in the Ten Kate world superbike team and was also riding alongside the Ballyclare man for the HM Plant Honda team the last time he raced at Croft in 2007 when the Japanese rider won both superbike races.
Lowry’s Relentless Suzuki team mate Alastair Seeley has already clinched the Superstock title with a perfect nine out of nine race wins so far this season, in fact the Carrickfergus rider has recorded fifteen race wins without defeat since joining the Moneymore based team having recorded six wins from six stats in the Irish Superbike championship since making the switch to the Hector and Philip Neill outfit in April.
Seeley said: “The plan is to try and win all twelve rounds of the superstock series.
“That is the carrot dangling in front of me at the moment and it is the incentive that is motivating me this weekend after clinching the championship with three rounds to spare.”