Lowes from Byrne in practice

"I hope to give [Byrne] something to think about on Monday in the races" - Alex Lowes.
Alex Lowes took the fight to reigning MCE British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne during free practice for Mondays Oulton Park round.

Following a wet start, Samsung Honda star Lowes put in a lap of 1m 36.547s in dry afternoon conditions to be just 0.053 seconds clear of Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rival Byrne, who heads the standings with three wins from four races.

“I'm quite happy so far as we've done a lot in the one session after rain cost us track time earlier but the bike is feeling good,” said Lowes.

“We've got a lot of work still to do; Shakey has tested here and this is the first time I've ridden Oulton Park since last year so I'm feeling good and looking forward to the races.

“I hope to give him something to think about on Monday in the races.”

Byrne had a confident performance in the afternoon session, putting in his fastest time on his final lap, and that was just enough to keep him ahead of Aussie Josh Brookes who had been the fastest in the wet session aboard his Tyco Suzuki.

James Ellison, who had won in the opening round at Brands Hatch for Milwaukee Yamaha, was fourth fastest, while Jon Kirkham continued his recent run of form aboard the Buildbase BMW to set the fifth best time.

Bathams Honda rider Tommy Bridewell, Peter Hickman on the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda, Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Chris Walker who took a victory in the corresponding round of last year, and BSB rookie PJ Jacobsen completed the top ten.

Michael Rutter, who will start his 400th BSB race here in the first of the two races, struggled for pace on his Bathams Honda, ending 17th on the leaderboard.

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Alex Lowes - Samsung Honda [pic credit: Honda UK]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Pete - Unregistered

May 04, 2013 7:21 PM

I don't know why Kiyo is so far back today but 3.5 secs slower than Alex on the same machinery is a concern. Perhaps he had a problem?, whatever the issue that's a hell of a gap.

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