Pitt in, Lowry out at Motorpoint Yamaha

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In a desperate bid to try and retrieve some positive results from a terrible season so far, Andrew Pitt, the two times World Supersport Champion, had been drafted into the Motopoint Yamaha team at the expense of Ian Lowry – who only joined the team two races ago.

Pitt joins Dan Linfoot on the team and the 34-year old Australian tested at Mallory last week and settled in well with the team and the bike, completing 40 laps around the Leicestershire circuit.

Pitt said: “I have followed the BSB series and watched the bad luck Rob's team have had since the injury to Neil. Hopefully I can help turn the luck around and get their season going.

“I will have to learn most of the circuits but I enjoy that and the team have all the data from last season, the bike feels great, a little different to work out with the new engine feel but I am excited about getting my head into that to.”

Rob McElnea added: “We are still trying to recover from losing our team leader Neil Hodgson, our intention was to have an experienced race winner alongside a young gun building a strong team for the season. I have chance to put that back in place, Andrew is a World champion with experience on many machines including Yamaha superbike.

“I am sure Ian Lowry would have settled down with the bike given more time, and under different circumstances we may have had more time, he has his Spanish series to concentrate on and we wish him well with that.”

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Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin