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Alex Lowes continued to hold sway at the top of the MCE British Superbike Championship timesheets at Thruxton, but it was second place man PJ Jacobsen that arguably stole the headlines at the end of FP2.

Having paced a damp FP1, Lowes was once again in commanding form in the dry as he lapped in an impressive 1min 16.412secs aboard the Samsung Honda, evoking memories of his first BSB pole position with MSS Colchester Kawasaki back in 2011.

Perhaps more surprising however was the man at the other side of Lowes's comfortable three tenth margin as American rookie Jacobsen lifted himself to an eye-catching second on his first visit to the high-speed Hampshire circuit.

Quicker than early series leader Shane Byrne, Jacobsen was also four tenths up on Tyco Suzuki team-mate Josh Brookes in fourth position.

After a trying first round at Brands Hatch, Jakub Smrz was back on the pace aboard the Padgetts Honda in fifth position, ahead of Michael Rutter, the BSB veteran showing well after struggling with his recently healed leg during last weekend's opener.

Another BSB rookie showing well was Josh Waters in seventh place, ahead of Chris Walker and Buildbase BMW duo Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland.

Elsewhere, Ryuichi Kiyonari found himself in a lowly 16th position, just one position ahead of James Ellison, the Brands Hatch race winner returning to the Thruxton circuit for the first time since 2010 when he broke his leg in a high-speed accident.