Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes expects to have his hands full during the penultimate MCE British Superbike round at Silverstone tomorrow.

Lowes lapped under the lap record as he seized pole position for the seventh time this season from championship leader Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Byrne was left battered and bruised following a heavy fall in free practice, but Lowes believes the three-time BSB champion will still pose a serious threat.

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"It would have been nice if we could have gone that little bit quicker but it is nice to be on pole," he said.

"This morning we had a few problems and with the rain yesterday I went into a bit of panic mode as I thought we were running out of time but the Samsung Honda was working well in qualifying.

"It would obviously be nice for Shakey to be fully fit but I am pretty sure he will come out fighting tomorrow and he will be there in the races," Lowes told the British Superbike website.

"I think the races are going to be close, hopefully just not as close as Assen!"