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Lowes launches to maiden MCE BSB race win

Sunday, September 30 2012

Alex Lowes and the WFR Honda team celebrated a maiden MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship victory in the opening race of the day at Silverstone following an intense battle between the Title Fighters for the opening spoils to fire himself up to third in the overall standings.

Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty had taken the initial lead but Lowes moved second at Becketts on the opening lap ahead of Tommy Hill and Josh Brookes. The defending champion was then passed by the Australian as Shane 'Shakey' Byrne also made a move as the leading Title Fighters continued to dice for the leading positions on lap one.

Supersonic BMW's Tommy Bridewell then joined the tussle after carving through to fifth by the end of the third lap from his third row start behind Title Fighters rivals Laverty, Lowes, Byrne and Brookes. The scrap for the lead continued to ensue throughout the race with Lowes leading by the fourth lap as Byrne then made a move to hit the front but just a few corners later at Brooklands he ran in too hot and was forced to run wide, handling the advantage to his championship rivals.

Lowes then continued to impressively put in a consistent run of laps that gave him a five second advantage when he crossed the line to claim both his and WFR Honda's first win.

Lowes, the eighth different race winner this season, said: "It still hasn't sunk in yet and I am over the moon. I don't want to get too excited as we have another race still to do this afternoon! I didn't have any issues and the WFR Honda was working fantastically. I didn't want to make a mistake as I haven't led many BSB races, but on the last few laps I could see the gap on the big screen and I just thought I needed to go for it. The team did a fantastic job and we had a bit of luck but it is an awesome feeling."

Bridewell had forcefully pushed his way up the order to run second by the sixth lap and was soon coming under pressure from Laverty, who made a move three laps later to claim back the position. Byrne then was on the charge and he moved ahead of the Supersonic BMW rider at Stowe with four laps remaining. Laverty and Byrne then scrapped for the second place with Laverty leading onto the final lap before the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider made a brave move at Stowe to claim it back and then he narrowly remained ahead despite a slid onto the straight to the flag.

Brookes was forced to settle for fourth after he got the better of a resurgent James Westmoreland on the second WFR Honda and Bridewell who dropped to sixth. The Australian now trails new championship leader Byrne by five points as Lowes moved to third. Hill had a disappointing race to finish seventh, dropping him to fourth in the overall standings whilst Luca Scassa, Ian Lowry and Chris Walker rounded out the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, race one result:

  1. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda)
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +5.021s
  3. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +5.451s
  4. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +8.437s
  5. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +8.716s
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +9.493s
  7. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +11.882s
  8. Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +13.893s
  9. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda)  +14.124s
  10. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +19.507s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Silverstone race one:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 588
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 583
  3. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 559
  4. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 557
  5. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 548
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 531