Sam Lowes fifth in World Supersport season opener
Lincoln's Sam Lowes took fifth place in the opening round of the World Supersport Championship at Phillip Island in Australia.
Starting from second for Bogdanka PTR Honda, Lowes, 21, led the opening laps but slipped back as his tyres wore out.
"I had a really good pace but the tyres dropped off in the end," he said. "I wanted to win the race but I'm happy with fifth and scoring some points."
Kawasaki's Kenan Sofuoglu took the win on his return to the class.