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30 August 2011

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First points from Cadwell Park for Buildbase BMW Motorrad – Ian Lowry parts company with the team.

The first race for Buildbase BMW Motorrad at Cadwell Park – postponed and carried over from a rain-lashed Oulton Park - was cut short by a very conservative red flag for rain, which saw Barry Burrell on the team’s BSB-EVO S 1000 RR come home fifth in class. Richard Cooper, currently leading the Superstock 1000 Championship, qualified in second place for his race tomorrow.

Ian Lowry, who has been competing in the British Superbike Championship, parted company from the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team following the Q1 session yesterday.

Stuart Hicken, team principal, said: “Following a disappointing BSB Q1 session yesterday, Ian Lowry pulled out of the weekend’s racing and parted company with the team. This has been a very challenging season for the team, having to develop a brand new race bike having had very little pre-season testing. We have made great strides forward across the board, with our bikes leading the Superstock 1000 championship and holding second place in the BSB-EVO series.

“We have also had improvements in the Superbike class, with Ian recently taking the team’s best Superbike result: a ninth place finish at Snetterton; and our bikes are among the fastest in the paddock. It’s been a frustrating year for both Ian and the team, but we have been steadily progressing. We wish Ian the best of luck with the rest of his season.

“Barry put in a very good performance today in the postponed Oulton Park race. Despite starting at the back of the field, he worked his way up to fourth EVO bike and was catching up with the rider ahead. However the race organisers chose to red flag the session when they believed it would rain. The final positions put Barry in fifth place. One real positive is that Barry broke his own personal best lap record for Cadwell, and we’re expecting two great races from him tomorrow.

“Richard once again put himself and his Superstock S 1000 RR on the front row in a very competitive class, with just 0.3s separating the first five riders in today's session. Last year he ran away with the race at Cadwell Park, taking the race win and a class lap record. We’re confident he can deliver another good result tomorrow and further extend his championship lead.

“John Laverty is now back home and out of hospital, recovering well after crashing his BSB bike at Oulton Park. John is relaxing and enjoying spending time with his family and friends. Once again we wish him the best and hope for a quick recovery.”

Tomorrow's racing will be broadcast live on British Eurosport 2 from 12:30pm.

BSB-EVO race one (postponed from Oulton Park) result

1) Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
2) Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)
3) Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)
4) Karl Harris (Splitlath Aprilia)
5) Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)

BSB-EVO championship points after race one

1) 302 - Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
2) 218 - Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
3) 191 - Patric Muff (Tyco Honda)
4) 172 - Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)
5) 171 - Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)

BSB-EVO race two qualifying positions

1) Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)
2) Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
3) Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)
4) Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
5) Karl Harris (Splitlath Aprilia)

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