Assen BSB: UPDATE: Ellison wins after Lowes exclusion

James Ellison is awarded victory in race two at Assen after Alex Lowes is disqualified for his part in the collision that eliminated main title rival Shane Byrne.
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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.

Tagged as: Honda , Byrne , Assen , lowes

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Alex Lowes
Alex Lowes
Alex Lowes and Shane Byrne - picture credit
Alex Lowes - Samsung Honda [pic credit: Honda UK]
James Ellison Milwaukee Yamaha - picture credit
James Ellison Milwaukee Yamaha - picture credit Ian Hopgood Photography
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Elliott, Tyco BMW, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, 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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September 22, 2013 4:34 PM

Another so called racing incident by Alex!!! just like the James Ellison one at Oulton park!!! but isn't it strange he didn't call the incident with Sofuoglu at Silverstone a racing incident and hung around that ginger TV presenter trying to get his 2P worth in!!! Shakey is a much more worthy racer and why isn't Alex penalised for his poor racing behaviour, like Alex said at the podium at Silverstone this is a non contact sport... I rest my case, the organisers need to deal with him before someone gets hurt...

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