Spectacular Silverstone double for Lowes

A determined last corner pass earns Alex Lowes a magnificent second MCE British Superbike win of the day at Silverstone, but it is Shane Byrne who has inched closest to the 2012 title.
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Alex Lowes has taken a magnificent double MCE British Superbike Championship victory at Silverstone after prevailing in an enthralling last lap battle with Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes.

Following on from his dominant maiden BSB win in race one, Lowes was made to work much harder for his second triumph in what became a breathless – and at times boisterous – race amongst the leading title protagonists.

Indeed, despite his earlier success and the fact he was rarely outside the top three during the entire race, Lowes did not look like the early favourite for the win as Byrne and Michael Laverty established the early running.

Swapping the lead constantly, Laverty often nosing ahead into Maggots before Byrne drafted by down the Hangar Straight, their battle almost ended in disaster on lap five when the pair made contact through the Arena complex. Though Laverty held firm, Byrne slipped to fourth behind Lowes and Tommy Bridewell.

Nonetheless, Byrne quickly worked his way back into contention – passing both Lowes and Bridewell with a superb single move on lap six – to latch himself onto the tail of Laverty once again.

Keen to get involved in the battle ahead, Lowes began to make his presence felt on lap nine of fourteen when he sneaked by Byrne at Vale and swiftly pulled ahead of Laverty into Abbey.

At this point Laverty started to slip out of contention, being overtaken by Byrne and then by Brookes, the Tyco Suzuki rider perfecting his late charge to go away with Lowes and Byrne out front.

Though Byrne pulled back ahead on lap eleven, there remained little to choose between the trio as the race entered its latter stages.

Related Pictures

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Alex Lowes - WFR Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [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]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing 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]

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Whynot - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 7:37 AM

What a double by lowes the kid is proving his talent but I was also well impressed with the way shakey reacted after the race after lowes stuffed it inside him on the last corner! Shakey took it on the chin laughed smiled and joked about it and was great to see, true sportsmanship, I remember reading hills post race interview when Alex stuffed it up him at the chicane on last lap at assen to snatch 3rd not quite the same reaction,moaning it was a harsh move!!!! Fair play shakey for that


September 30, 2012 8:05 PM

Hell !!!!! I always thought Alex lowes was a brilliant rider but he is even better than i thought . If you look at the picture you will see he was even carrying a pillion . Great ride by Alex and that second race HOLY SH.. that was one of the best race winning moves i have ever seen . Fair play to Shane Byrne as well . The guy is always there . Roll on Brands Hatch . And what a waste of a career Karl Harris continues to amaze .

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