Relentless Suzuki's Ian Lowry suffered cruel luck yesterday at Croft when he crashed out of second place in a re-started British Supersport race. Lowry had led the 10 lap re-start after the opening race had been red flagged, but a small mistake unfortunately ended his hopes of a win at the Yorkshire venue.
Team mate Michael Laverty added more points to his 2008 British Superbike campaign with eighth and tenth placed finishes on his GSX-R1000.
"I'm not happy considering the effort that was made to sort our clutch problems for this weekend. I tried my best but it just didn't work out. The bike was certainly good enough to run with the factory boys, although there is light at the end of the tunnel. We improved the chassis for race two but I had a small problem with the traction control so the result didn't reflect the improvements the team made. I'm positive we can make more improvement for Silverstone."
"We had a pretty good weekend at Croft and I was more than comfortable in both parts of the race. Unfortunately I made a small mistake which was disappointing as we had a podium, or possibly even the win, in the bag. As always the guys in the team did a great job and although the championship is now gone I will be looking for a couple of wins in the final two rounds on my GSX-R600 Relentless Suzuki."
Philip Neill - Team Principal:
"Michael's first race result was pleasing especially after he was a little cautious for the first four laps. The second race, although disappointing, still gave Michael another solid top-10 result and he has proved to everyone in the team that he is capable of much more. Ian was riding well in the Supersport race before it was red flagged; then in the 10-lap re-start he looked on for the win after leading for six laps with the top three all on lap record pace. He was pushing hard, but a small mistake caused the crash. We can take heart from the performance and look forward to Silverstone."at Croft BSB