Brands Hatch BSB: Lowes crowned BSB champion for first time

Alex Lowes wins his first MCE British Superbike title following a brave ride to second place in the wet at Brands Hatch to deny Shane 'Shakey' Byrne a record fourth crown
Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes has won the MCE British Superbike title for the first time following a tense Showdown finale at Brands Hatch.

Lowes finished as the runner-up behind Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes, who completed a superb treble with a dominant display in the wet at the Kent track to cement third place overall in the championship.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane 'Shakey' Byrne had bravely battled through from 22nd place on the grid to hold second position until four laps from the end, when Lowes made his move and began to edge away from the three-time champion.

Lowes kept his cool to hang on for second to clinch the championship by seven points over Byrne, who finished on the rostrum in third.

Brookes – who had been nine seconds ahead at one point – took the win by 1.185s over Lowes, with Byrne finishing 1.4s behind his young title rival.

Milwaukee Yamaha's Tommy Bridewell made a late charge to finish fourth ahead of team-mate James Ellison, with Jon Kirkham sixth on the Buildbase BMW.

Chris Walker was holding second on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki at the end of the second lap pursued by Kirkham, Dan Linfoot on the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda followed by Lowes and Ellison with Byrne now into eighth and making eye-catching progress on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.

With Brookes in a class of his own, Kirkham was holding second but a tense title battle was beginning to materialise behind with Byrne passing Linfoot to take fourth, putting Lowes in his sights.

On lap six, Lowes went underneath Kirkham for second at Surtees but Byrne followed suit, demoting Kirkham to fourth ahead of Linfoot, Walker and Josh Waters on the Halsall Racing Kawasaki.

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Alex Lowes Samsung Honda - picture credit
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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