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World Superbike

Ian Lowry will line up alongside Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes at Round 11 of the Hannspree World Superbike Championship at Nurburgring in Germany early next month, replacing the injured Chris Vermeulen.

The Northern Irishman was offered a last-minute stand-in ride at Brands Hatch, when the Kawasaki Racing Team competed in the MCE British Superbike Championship during the August WSB break.

The team enjoyed great success when Sykes topped the podium in both of Sunday’s races and Lowry impressed with two top ten rides.

The previous chef from Moira, County Down, has had a rocky road in 2010 with his racing career. Lowry stepped in to replace Neil Hodgson in the Motorpoint Yamaha team at Oulton Park earlier this year, after plans to compete in the Moto2 Spanish Championship fell through at the eleventh hour.

The Kawasaki Racing Team has given the 23-year-old another opportunity to race the Ninja ZX-10R where he adapted to the machine with ease at the British event.

Lowry’s career highlights to date include a second place in British Supersport in 2007 followed by a third in 2008. The youngster made the leap to British Superbikes in 2009 and was awarded top Rookie with an impressive fifth place. Ian has also competed and won various Irish road races including a favourite event of Paul Bird Motorsport, the 2009 Sunflower Trophy race.

Ian Lowry says: “I am really grateful for this opportunity to ride for the Factory Kawasaki squad. It was always a dream of mine to compete in the World Superbike Championship and now this is becoming a reality. I enjoyed my outing at Brands Hatch and working with such a professional team, and was surprised at how comfortable I felt on the Kawasaki.”

“I know how competitive the World Superbike Championship is and I intend to make the most of this opportunity and repay the team with two strong finishes. I’m really looking forward to getting a full spin out in the bike again and am really excited about the race.”

Paul Bird says: “We’ve given Ian another opportunity to ride for us as he did a great job for the Team at Brands Hatch earlier this month despite being called last minute and suffering from a chest infection. I liked the fact that Ian tried hard and put in one hundred and ten percent effort and that’s all I can ask of him coming in to the World Superbikes.”

“It’s also nice to give a young UK rider a chance who has had some bad luck this season. We know he fits in to the Team well and we look forward to working with him again at Nurburgring.”

Round 11 of the Hannspree World Superbike Series held at the famous Nurburgring in Germany gets under way on the Sept. 3-5. Ian Lowry will race under the number five for the event.