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Lowes launches to race one win from Brookes and Byrne

Sunday, July 07 2013

Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes stormed to the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship win of the day at Snetterton as he launched ahead of title rivals Josh Brookes and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in a scorching opening race.

Brookes got his race off to a flying start from the front row for Tyco Suzuki to head the pack on the opening lap, but with Tommy Bridewell suffering a technical problem on lap two the Nissan GT-R safety car was deployed. Brookes, Byrne, Lowes and James Ellison were the leading quartet and when the race resumed on lap five the Samsung Honda rider was ready to stun his rivals. Lowes instantly passed Byrne into Montreal and then gave the same treatment to Brookes into Agostini on the same lap.

Lowes was pushing hard to edge out a lead in the blistering heat of Snetterton as Brookes fought to stay within striking distance for Tyco Suzuki, however over the closing laps the Honda rider had the edge to claim his second win of the season from the Australian. Brookes had in turn come under pressure from a disgruntled Byrne and as the pair crossed the line for the final time side-by-side the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki narrowly missed out and was forced to settle for third.

Ellison held fourth place after he had moved himself up the order for Milwaukee Yamaha as the team continued to work to close the gap to the leading trio ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari who finished fifth.

James Westmoreland had a resurgent second half of the race after the Buildbase BMW rider made a mistake into Nelsons on the sixth lap; he ran off the track but kept himself upright to rejoin and then carve his way back up the order.

Robbin Harms and the Doodson Motorsport Honda team celebrated their best result of the season with an eighth place after he held off Padgetts Honda's Jakub Smrz and Josh Waters who claimed ninth place. Matteo Baiocco completed the top ten for Rapido Sport Racing Ducati as they scored their first top ten finish in the Championship.  

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, race one result:

  1. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda)
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.984s
  3. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +2.027s
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +2.523s
  5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +6.009s
  6. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +20.065s
  7. Robbin Harms (Doodson Motorsport Honda) +20.349s
  8. Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +20.654s
  9. Josh Waters (Milwaukee Yamaha) +20.926s
  10. Matteo Baiocco (Rapido Sport Racing Ducati) +21.081s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Snetterton race one:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 182
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 156
  3. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 155
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 93
  5. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 81
  6. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 70