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.