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James Ellison has been awarded a third MCE British Superbike Championship win of the season at Assen after original winner Alex Lowes was excluded for his controversial coming together with title rival Shane Byrne.

A hugely dramatic race of high attrition that could have major repercussions on the title battle, the encounter was turned on its head on lap four by a controversial collision involving Lowes and Byrne when the former attempted a pass for the lead into the high-speed Hoge Heide left-hander, where he had completed a successful last lap pass for the win in race one.

However, with Byrne holding his line on this occasion and Lowes unable to prevent the Honda from running out wide, the youngster would clip Byrne's Kawasaki at the rear, sending the reigning champion down at high-speed.

Coming after both riders had lauded one another for their skill in race one by dicing without overt aggression, the accident would see a limping Byrne taken to the medical centre, while Lowes was able to race on.

Indeed, despite suffering damage in the clash and dropping to fourth position, Lowes would quickly recover his composure to haul his way up to second position before slowly reeling in James Ellison - who had assumed the lead when his rivals collided ahead - to pass into the final bend on lap 15.

With Byrne said to be bruised but otherwise uninjured, Lowes declared in his post-race interviews that he believes the collision was merely an unfortunate racing incident.

However, race stewards wouldn't agree with the youngster, proceeding to disqualify him from the results after lengthy deliberation. It means Lowes remains a point shy of Byrne heading to the penultimate round of the season at Silverstone.

Lowes's exclusion would duly work in the favour of Ellison, the Milwaukee Yamaha rider making up for his race one heartache when he was forced to retire whilst leading with six laps to go. The extra points means he also leapfrogs Josh Brookes for third in the Title Showdown standings.

Indeed, Brookes was just one of several front runners to prop up the retirements' list in the second race of the day, the Australian having survived chaos around him only to drop the Tyco Suzuki by himself into the final corner on lap eight and suffer a potentially critical DNF.

He was joined on the sidelines by Tommy Bridewell and Noriyuki Haga, the former losing the Milwaukee Yamaha as he was overtaking the former World Superbike rider for fourth on lap four, in turn taking the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki man out with him.

Their dismissal duly paved the way for Tyco Suzuki's PJ Jacobsen to claim his maiden BSB podium, the American getting some much deserved luck on his side on a day where he had been forced to battle back from a lowly starting position brought on by technical issues in qualifying.

With Jacobsen finishing well ahead of the chasing pack, Ryuichi Kiyonari picked up his best finish since Oulton Park in third, the former champion fending off the attentions of Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland on their Buildbase BMWs.

A positive end to an otherwise dismal weekend, Chris Walker crossed the line sixth, ahead of Peter Hickman, Bathams Honda stand-in Danny De Boer and Dan Linfoot.

A race of high attrition, just 13 riders would reach the chequered flag even prior to Lowes's removal from the results, with Barry Burrell, Lee Costello and Aaron Zanotti assuming the remainder of the points available.