BROOKES TAKES POLE AS LOWES INTENSIFIES HIS CLAIM FOR TITLE FIGHTER STATUS

Derby based Lowes currently holds sixth

Derby based Lowes currently holds sixth

Round nine   8-9 September Donington Park
Josh Brookes scorched to his third pole start of the season ahead of the crucial ninth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, but the Aussie was pushed hard by Alex Lowes who closed in on his rival with a hard riding performance.
“This is really sweet, the strongest start we’ve had to a race so far – we’ve been strong and fast from the start. The Tyco Suzuki is working well and that sets the standard for good results in the races – now I have to carry that momentum and my desire is always to win,” said Brookes who is aiming for a double win and a maximum podium credit score of six.
Brookes was 0.116 seconds faster than Lowes as the WFR Honda rider continues to chase one of the two remaining places in the elite group of six riders who become the Title Fighters in the Showdown, which begins at the next round at Assen.
Lowes, who is currently in sixth place in the rankings, said: “I’m really getting to grips with being up front  and now I am riding with confidence to go out and do a good job, everything is starting to click for me but now I have to do it in these races. I need to go out and do the business tomorrow in the races.”
Defending champion Tommy Hill was third fastest on his Swan Yamaha ahead of Samsung Honda’s Jon Kirkham whose title chasing team-mate Michael Laverty crashed out unhurt in the final element of the qualifying session.
Supersonic BMW’s Tommy Bridewell is currently fifth in the overall standings, he starts from the second row of the grid in seventh as he prepares to defend his position, but faces a building challenge from WFR Honda’s James Westmoreland who was marginally faster in qualifying.
Their rivals endured a challenging session as Swan Yamaha’s Noriyuki Haga, riding through the pain of a broken collarbone, ended twelfth with Chris Walker on the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki alongside him on the third row. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) and Padgetts Honda’s Ian Lowry start in thirteenth and fourteenth respecitvely whilst Alastair Seeley starts his Tyco Suzuki from the fifth row.
Results
Qualifying, top six:
1: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 1m:30.085s
2: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +0.116s
3: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.274s
4: Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +0.472s
5: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +0.503s
6: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +0.705s
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