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.