BSB » Alex Lowes disqualified for Byrne collision

Alex Lowes is disqualified from the results of the second MCE British Superbike Championship race following his collision with main title rival Shane Byrne.

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September 23, 2013 9:30 AM
Last Edited 949 days ago

I didn't expect such a tough penalty but I think it's probably fair. Lowes' move was out of order, he may not have intended for Byrne to crash but he knew what he was doing , and he basically rammed him for no reason.


September 23, 2013 10:09 AM

One rule for one and one for someone else! What about the crash that took Haga out!!! No one was repremanded for that and it was almost the same crash- one rider taking another one out! If that was called a racing incident then so should Alex's. But I forgot Alex & Shakey are fighting for the lead and we dont want to be seen as having a favourite!!!!


September 23, 2013 10:41 AM


nothing like each other!?!?!

Haga was unfortunate to be taken out by another bike crashing - but Bridewall was past Haga when he lost the front. If he hadnt lost the front then he wouldnt have touched Haga. Total accident and racing incident


September 23, 2013 11:49 AM

How can you penalise Bridewell when he took himself out of the race as well? Alex got penalised because he gained an advantage which was then taken away by race direction. Right decision.

Absolutely gutted for Nori though, could have been a podium....was a racing incident though.

Go #41!!


September 23, 2013 12:32 PM

The showdown causes this, hopefully next year it will be scrapped and the rider who scores the most points over the whole season is champion rather than a silly six race shootout


September 23, 2013 1:55 PM

"after a lengthy review by race stewards and race director Stuart Higgs, Lowes was judged to have been at fault for the incident"
I'm left feeling a bit uncomfortable after this decision.
Yes, Lowes was to blame, but he didn't do it on purpose. It was definitely unintentional as in that scenario, Lowes was as likely to crash as Shakey.
What if neither had crashed as a result of Lowes' mistake and both had continued to the end of the race ?
Would the penalty have been as harsh?
Exclusion should certainly be a penalty for deliberate contact, but when it is accidental then exclusion is too much of a punishment.
I believe that in this instance the penalty was decided not by the circumstances of the actual accidental collision, but by the outcome of it.


September 23, 2013 4:58 PM
Last Edited 949 days ago

I couldn't watch the race yesterday but did watch the re-run today. Lowes' impact was so forceful his front fender exploded upon impact. Glad Shakey is ok. It only makes sense that the race direction decided to exclude Lowes from the results, it's what is just. But not to take anything neither from him nor Byrne, both are fantastic riders and I am very much looking forward to the remaining races.


Hi mate, consider this, if you accidentally pull the trigger and the bullet grazes someone's shoulder you're going to fare much better in the court compared to a situation where the bullet goes right in the middle of their face.


September 23, 2013 10:52 PM

I would be of the opinion, and i hope i am wrong , that Alex
will be perhaps now scared to pull a move in very tight racing to the finish of the championship.
Shakey will now play mind games on the racing accident.
Alex forget about it and win the title.


September 23, 2013 11:03 PM

Can anyone explain to me why the same action - exclusion was not handed out to Kenan Sofouglu when he did the same thing to Alex's brother Sam at the recent Silverstone meeting. It just seems that there is no consistency in decision making.

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