Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes says his disqualification from race two in the opening MCE British Superbike Showdown round at Assen hasn't affected his confidence ahead of the penultimate round at Silverstone.

Lowes was excluded from race two after clipping the rear of title challenger Shane 'Shakey' Byrne's Kawasaki, causing the three-time champion to crash out.

Lowes is the championship's form man having won five of the last six races to close the gap to Byrne to a single point with four races remaining, starting this weekend at Silverstone.

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He sealed a double at the Northamptonshire circuit a year ago but Lowes is expecting a tough confrontation on Sunday.

"I am feeling pretty good ready for Silverstone and that is what we are focused on now. Assen is done and makes no difference; I am still feeling confident because we have shown the pace of the Samsung Honda at the past three rounds," he said.

"We have won the last six races on track, obviously we were excluded from race two, but that shows how strong we have been and if we keep working hard we shouldn't be too far away from trying to win again at Silverstone.

"We also can't take it for granted because the races are sure to be close and I think we will have some tough battles again at Silverstone.

"Myself and 'Shakey' have had some great races this season and we know it will be close again at Silverstone. I can't wait to get back there."