Spectacular Silverstone double for Lowes

Even so, when Lowes touched the back wheel of Byrne's bike at Stowe on the penultimate lap, thus losing him momentum and dropping him into the clutches of Brookes, it seemed Byrne had the break he needed to run out the winner.

Undeterred, Lowes kept pushing, getting back onto the tail of Byrne as they entered the final corners, the race leader adopting a defensive line that simply spurred Lowes into a determined last turn overtaking attempt.

Taking advantage of the smallest of gaps, Lowes dived for the inside of Byrne, but while they would make slight contact as Byrne attempted to close the door, Lowes held firm to emerge ahead, a margin he would take to the chequered flag just metres later.

An outstanding breakthrough weekend for Lowes, who managed a perfect set of topping each practice session, claiming pole position and two race wins, he heads into the final round triple header at Brands Hatch with a convincing shot at winning the title.

However, he will face a task to overhaul the 24 point margin to Byrne, who can console himself in the knowledge that he is the big favourite to claim the 2012 title around the circuit he was a double winner at earlier this season.

The two-time champion heads into the final round with a nine point advantage over Brookes, who was at least able to keep Byrne honest by crossing the line just behind him in third place during race two.

Bridewell completed a successful day in fourth after passing Laverty late on, but there were fewer smiles to be enjoyed in the Swan Yamaha camp as Tommy Hill laboured to a seventh place finish behind Luca Scassa.

The Swan Yamaha rider, who endured a dismal weekend at Assen to lose his pre-Showdown advantage, could only manage seventh in race one when he opted for the wrong tyre, but fared no better in race two as he finished ten seconds off the lead. The reigning champion is now 42 points behind Byrne and on the cusp of losing his crown.

Behind him, Chris Walker, James Westmoreland and Peter Hickman completed the top ten – the trio benefitting when the unfortunate Robbin Harms retired ahead of them -, while Barry Burrell, Jakub Smrz, Ian Lowry, Jon Kirkham and Noriyuki Haga picked up the remaining points in 11th to 15th.

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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