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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.