Spanish speedster

Parkalgar Honda racer Sam Lowes was denied victory by only a split second at Sunday’s World Supersport Championship sixth round in Aragon, Spain.

Prior to the final, the young Englishman had taken third place on the grid with his Honda CBR 600RR behind Broc Parkes and local hope David Salom, stating “I am ready for victory”.

That sentiment almost turned into reality as he battled eventual winner and championship leader Chaz Davies all the way to the line before just losing out by less than half a second.

That second place was still Lowes’ best ever finish and moves him into sixth overall, 42 points behind Davies at the half-way stage of the season.

Team manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Sam aggravated his shoulder injury in a small crash this morning and that meant he couldn’t change direction quickly enough to get into the draft on the straight. He composed himself well and rode a great race – it is only a matter of time before he wins.”

Parkalgar Honda No2 Miguel Praia started the race from 15th place and did well under the circumstances to take the chequered flag in ninth, while sister outfit Bogdanka PTR Honda’s James Ellison came in a respectable eighth.

The next round of this exciting world championship, due to reach its October climax in the Algarve, will take place in Brno in the Czech Republic on July 10.