Brands Hatch BSB: Lowes: Brands Hatch wins will decide title

Alex Lowes admits only wins will be enough to ensure he gets the edge over arch-rival Shane Byrne ahead of this weekend's Title Showdown at Brands Hatch.
Alex Lowes says nothing less than race wins will suffice in his quest to lift the MCE British Superbike Championship trophy at Brands Hatch as he heads into the final round with just a point separating himself and Shane Byrne.

With the three-race shootout marking the conclusion of a dramatic Title Showdown, which has already seen a photo-finish at Silverstone and a controversial accident (and subsequent disqualification) at Assen, Lowes comes into the event knowing he must out-race Byrne to claim the title.

Though the odds are arguably in Byrne's favour given his excellent record around his home circuit – and the fact Lowes is yet to win a race at Brands Hatch -, the Samsung Honda rider remains positive about his chances, even if he remains convinced that it will be nothing less than close.

“I'm feeling good heading to Brands Hatch. I'm sure I'll be nervous come the races because that's just normal, but all season we've worked so hard to be in this position for the final round and we have as good a chance of winning as anyone. We need to win races at Brands Hatch because that's going to decide the championship. I have everything in place to do the job now and it's down to me.”

Though the emphasis remains on the battle between Byrne and Lowes, James Ellison remains mathematically in with a shout of the title, though he is 42 points adrift with a maximum of 75 points available.

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October 16, 2013 12:44 AM

I hope he does it,All things considered,except for one slight mistake,Alex has been nothing but a credit to BSB this year and if rumours are to be believed,won't be here next year. Very hard on Shakey,especially after the heroics at Silverstone but he's been there and done it and will probably do it again next year. Given the respective experience these two have,ii think Alex deserves it and would give him the confidence togo on to greater things next year. go on Alex!


October 16, 2013 9:31 AM

I've been puzzled by both brothers choices in regards to the next step in their careers to be honest. Alex potentially on Birdie's backmarker but as mentioned by RaceCrafter, if he gets that Honda then maybe not so bad. In regards to Sam, he is going on the Moto2 Speedup as WSS champion surely he deserves a front running bike? And surely one of the top running teams would want him? Given that Gino Rea was on it last time out and qualified outside the top 20 (as did the other riders on it) it doesn't seem that competitive. Interested in other peoples thoughts on this :)

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