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Alex Lowes has completed his second MCE British Superbike Championship win of the day at Cadwell Park after a dramatic final lap saw Josh Brookes crash out just moments after taking the lead for the first time.

An unexpectedly frantic conclusion to an encounter that Lowes - who had dominated race one - looked to have in the bag, the local man appeared comfortable as he controlled the pace out front from the start, but was seemingly unprepared for Brookes's very late attack.

Indeed, Brookes was enjoying an eventful race, getting the hole shot into turn one before being shuffled back to second place by Lowes a few corners later.

Second became third on lap six when Brookes misjudged the landing from one of his gigantic leaps over the Mountain, the Australian's wobble on the exit allowing an inspired Tommy Bridewell past around the outside as they snaked through the Hall bends.

Benefiting from starting on the front row, Bridewell - in only his second race aboard the Halsall Kawasaki - was again showing that he can mix it with the guys at the front on the right bike and soon found himself harassing Lowes in front of him, even at times looking capable of passing.

With the race entering the final laps, the five-strong group that had included James Ellison in fourth and an unusually lacklustre Shane Byrne in fifth, was whittled down to three as Lowes began to make his push for the chequered flag. It was the impetus Brookes needed to make his late charge, slotting beneath Bridewell with a neat pass into Hall Bend on lap 16 to give himself two laps to latch onto Lowes in front.

Setting the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap, Brookes came into the final revolution all over the back of the Samsung Honda in front and duly adopted the element of surprise as he dived for the lead into Park.

With an unawares Lowes unable to shut the door, Brookes was through into the lead and seemingly on course to claim one of the finest victories of his career when he would lose the front-end of the Tyco Suzuki just two bends later at Mansfield.

A fairly low-speed tumble, Brookes desperately tried to remount the GSXR1000 but was eventually forced to concede defeat as he accepted his first BSB non-finish since 2011.

His dramatic exit duly promoted Lowes back into a lead he would hold to the chequered flag, the youngster capitalising to celebrate his second win on a weekend he had otherwise almost dominated from start-to-finish.

Behind him, there were tears of joy for Bridewell as he mounted the BSB podium for the first time since the 2011 season opener at Brands Hatch, last year's Title Showdown contender thrilled to give the burgeoning Halsall Racing team such a strong result in its first season of BSB competition.

Remarkably, it also means that Bridewell - who began the season with Bathams Honda and missed an entire round ahead of his switch to Halsall Kawasaki - finds himself with an outside shot of a Title Showdown position, his podium putting him just 25 points behind the fight for sixth overall. To put into context, he was 49 points behind coming into Cadwell Park.

Bouncing back from his race one crash, James Ellison completed the podium to firm his place in the Title Showdown, while Byrne found himself in fourth place for his first race finish off the rostrum since Oulton Park last year.

Prevailing against Chris Walker in the fight for fifth and sixth, Ryuichi Kiyonari all-but-firmed his place in the Title Showdown too, while the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider remains in outside contention for the top six, 29 points adrift of Jon Kirkham.

Indeed, it was another tough race for the Buildbase BMW riders of Kirkham and James Westmoreland, the pair finishing tenth and ninth respectively. As it stands, Kirkham maintains the crucial sixth place in the standings, but is just five points ahead of Westmoreland, while a charging Bridewell and the ever-consistent Walker are still in the mix with just the two races at Donington Park remaining.

In addition, BSB rookies PJ Jacobsen and Keith Farmer also mathematically in with a shout, but with the former crashing out of the second Cadwell Park race and the latter failing to start altogether, they have a margin of 34 and 42 points to bridge.

Back in the race, Peter Hickman and Josh Waters picked up solid top ten finishes for GBmoto Honda and Milwaukee Yamaha respectively, ahead of the Buildbase BMW pair, while Dan Linfoot, Karl Harris, Michael Rutter, Barry Burrell and Matteo Baiocco all gained a position on the final lap at the expense of Brookes.


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