Assen BSB: Battle-lines drawn as Lowes edges Byrne

A fifth victory in a row for the in-form Lowes, the Samsung Honda rider has shortened the gap to Byrne to just a single point, the pair in turn pulling a sizeable gap over Josh Brookes – who was never in contention in fourth – and the hapless Ellison.

Raising some cheer in the Milwaukee Yamaha garage after Ellison's demise, Tommy Bridewell marked his debut with the team by claiming a superb podium, the Briton unfortunate to lose time in the pack early on as he matched the leaders' pace during the second-half.

Brookes crossed the line a very distant fourth, ahead of Noriyuki Haga, who came out top of a boisterous final corner exchange between himself, Jakub Smrz and PJ Jacobsen, the latter only just losing out on a top five finish having fought his way back from 18th on the grid.

Title Showdown contender James Westmoreland finished down in eighth place, with Jon Kirkham and Barry Burrell rounding out the top ten, while Ryuichi Kiyonari's hopes of challenging for a fourth BSB title got underway with a lacklustre run to 14th, behind Danny de Boer, Peter Hickman and Matteo Baiocco.

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Alex Lowes and Shane Byrne - picture credit
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Alex Lowes - Samsung Honda [pic credit: Honda UK]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]

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September 22, 2013 2:07 PM

what an awesome race the front two battles over the last few laps were awesome BSB has got to be one of the best series in the world and with Byrne and Lowes they have riders who can draw the fans in. I see Kiyo finished 14th! and he is in the showdown what a huge disappointment he has been all year waste of a superb bike that an up and coming rider could be on. Bridewell on his third different bike of the year an another podium i hope he gets a contract for next year and the West Country will turn out in support.

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