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Lowes’ last lap denies Brookes top spot ahead of Datatag Qualifying

Saturday, October 19 2013

Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes left it until his last lap of the final MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship free practice session to mug Josh Brookes of the top spot after the Australian had moved ahead just a lap earlier in the frantic final minutes.

The damp session initially got underway with Freddy Foray on the Samsung Honda at the top of the times as the Frenchman was the first rider to complete a run of laps before PJ Jacobsen moved ahead to put the Tyco Suzuki at the top of the times. The American didn't hold the position for long as his team-mate Josh Brookes displaced him from the top just seconds afterwards.  

Brookes' position at the top then came under threat from defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider moved to the top of the times with just over ten minutes remaining of the session after sitting out the early part. Brookes was on the counterattack though and he moved back ahead of Byrne within minutes and the Tyco Suzuki team continued to improve as they bid to maintain the top spot.

Lowes though was on a run of laps and with less than five minutes remaining he pushed himself to the top of the timesheets but again Brookes moved back ahead as the time ticked down in the session. Lowes left it until his final lap to shoot back to the top and despite another lap from Brookes it wasn't enough and Samsung Honda topped the session for the second time this weekend. Brookes was second fastest ahead of team-mate Jacobsen and Byrne as they prepare for this afternoon's Datatag Qualifying and opening race.

James Ellison was the first of the Milwaukee Yamaha riders in fifth as he climbed the order ahead of Foray and Padgetts Honda's Jakub Smrz. Chris Walker and the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki team were eighth fastest as they maintained their position in the top ten with Jon Kirkham and Karl Harris completing the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, free practice three:

  1. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 1m:37.819s
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.255s
  3. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +0.557s
  4. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.459s
  5. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +1.713s
  6. Freddy Foray (Samsung Honda) +1.910s
  7. Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +2.496s
  8. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +2.920s
  9. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +3.116s
  10. Karl Harris (PR Racing Kawasaki) +3.147s