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Alex Lowes heads into qualifying for the second of three 'Title Showdown' rounds as the rider to beat after topping his third free practice session of the weekend at Silverstone.

The in-form WFR Honda rider started from pole position at Assen and is now favourite to do the same at Silverstone after comfortably pacing FP3 by three tenths of a second from reigning champion and fellow title contender Tommy Hill.

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A late improvement would see Jakub Smrz get the Splitlath Redmond Aprilia towards the front of the field again, the recently-signed Czech rider nudging down Michael Laverty, series leader Josh Brookes - who suffered a fall ten minutes from the chequered flag - and James Westmoreland with his last gasp effort.

Having failed to complete a lap on Friday after crashing at the start of FP2, Shane Byrne bounced back to set the seventh fastest time, albeit a second off Lowes's pace setting marker.

His Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team-mate Stuart Easton followed him up in eighth, ahead of top BMW rider Peter Hickman and Padgetts Honda rider Luca Scassa.

Of the remaining title contenders, Tommy Bridewell's difficult weekend continued as he could only manage the 17th fastest time of the session.