Brands Hatch BSB: Lowes reflects on 'hardest race' of season

'Race one was the hardest race of the year for me so far. Overall I am happy, I tried as hard as I could, but I have got to be happy with second' - Alex Lowes
Alex Lowes described the opening MCE British Superbike encounter at Brands Hatch yesterday as his 'hardest race of the season' yet.

Lowes finished on the podium in second place behind Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes and was back on the rostrum in the second race in third place, with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne taking victory from James Ellison on the Milwaukee Yamaha.

Samsung Honda rider Lowes is now second in the championship standings, one point ahead of Aussie Brookes.

I want to win every time we go out, we all do. Race one was the hardest race of the year for me so far, I haven't had the pace I was hoping for this weekend and then I had a crash in warm up trying to improve the bike,” said Lowes.

“I wanted to get a good start and get into a rhythm which I did and then Josh got past me and I thought that was perfect I could follow him for a bit and then 'Shakey' came by me and I just hung in there.

“I saw 'Shakey' make a brave move from what looked like a long way back and I thought it was brave as you don't realise how fast that part of the circuit is,” he added.

“Overall I am happy, I tried as hard as I could, but I have got to be happy with second.”

Lowes felt he did not have the same pace in the second race but the Lincolnshire man was content with another rostrum finish as he remains firmly in contention in the championship battle.

“Race two was quite a difficult race again as we made some changes between the races and I don't know whether it was down to the temperature rising, but it didn't feel quite as good,” he said.

“I enjoyed the race though and I did my best to stay with Shakey and James; I had a go at the end and didn't give in.

“I don't think I have been as fast this weekend but we tried hard and I am happy with two podium finishes and I am now looking forward to getting back to Oulton Park.”

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Alex Lowes
Ryuichi Kiyonari - Buildbase BMW
Patric Muff - Bathams BMW
Michael Rutter - Bathams BMW
Josh Brookes - Milwaukee Yamaha
Ryuichi Kiyonari - Buildbase BMW
Jenny Tinmouth - Two Wheel Racing Honda
Christophe Ponsson - Bimota Alstare Junior
Chris Walker - Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Josh Brookes on the rostrum at Oulton Park
Milwaukee Yamaha`s Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes on the Milwaukee Yamaha
Ryuichi Kiyonari crosses the line to take victory at Oulton Park
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Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha -

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