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Lowes scores sensational double from Byrne and Brookes

Sunday, September 30 2012

WFR Honda's Alex Lowes took a sensational second race win following an epic scrap for the podium in the final MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race of the day at Silverstone.

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne had taken the lead on the opening lap into Copse from Josh Brookes and pole-sitter Tommy Bridewell, but on the opening lap some determined moves from Michael Laverty pushed the Samsung Honda up the order to second by the time they crossed the line for the first time.

Laverty was on a mission and stormed into the lead with a daring move around the outside of Byrne at Stowe, but a lap later the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider repaid the move at the same corner to regain the lead. Brookes made a mistake to give Bridewell the chance to snatch fourth as the Supersonic BMW seized the opportunity.

 A lap later and Laverty was back in the lead with a move on Byrne into Maggotts but Byrne again took the lead back at Stowe with Lowes in third and ready to gain the position. Byrne lost the lead to Laverty again, but went for a move down the inside at Luffield, but it forced the pair to sit up and although the Samsung Honda rider maintained his position, Lowes was able to steal second as the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider initially dropped back to sixth. Byrne was back up to second within a lap and again the leading pair switched the lead as they diced to keep the advantage.

On the ninth lap Lowes began his charge to the front and made a move on Byrne at Vale to take second and then took the lead from Laverty at Abbey, but he was soon pushed back into second as Brookes then joined the fray.

Lowes regained the lead but Byrne took it back into Stowe with three laps remaining but with Brookes up into third the top three Title Fighters were inseparable. On the final lap the positions again changed and it wasn't until the trio reached Luffield that Lowes made a last gasp move down the inside of Byrne to have the edge to the line. Byrne was forced to settle for second with Brookes in third as the Title Fighters look ahead to the final round at Brands Hatch.

Lowes said: "I was happy enough with a win in the first race so to do the double is mega. I got into a rhythm and then I made a mistake onto the straight and I lost some time. On the last lap I knew I could turn in tight and I managed to get down the inside of Shakey and that was what we needed to do. We just scraped into the Showdown so I am still taking it one race at a time and we will see if we can do the same again at Brands Hatch."

Bridewell equalled his best result of the season with a fourth place ahead of Laverty. Luca Scassa snatched sixth from defending champion Tommy Hill with Chris Walker, James Westmoreland and Peter Hickman completing the top ten. 

WFR Honda's Lowes was awarded the Travis Perkins rider of the day for his performances at Silverstone.

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

  1. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda)
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.042s
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.516s
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +4.125s
  5. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +5.332s
  6. Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +9.726s
  7. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +10.638s
  8. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +11.126s
  9. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +16.722s
  10. Peter Hickman (Buildbase BMW) +18.791s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the final round at Brands Hatch:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 608
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 599
  3. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 584
  4. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 566
  5. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 559
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 544