LOWES DIALED IN AT THRUXTON AS JACOBSEN IMPRESSES TO CLOSE IN

Lowes set the pace in free practice

Lowes set the pace in free practice

Round 2 Thruxton 12-13-14 April
Alex Lowes quickly got dialled in to the changeable free practice conditions at Thruxton ahead of the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, setting the pace in both free practice sessions.

The Samsung Honda rider goes into the races at the Hampshire circuit trailing the reigning champion Shane Byrne by just a single point and feels that he is well prepared to maintain the momentum that took him to a pair of second places in the opening round.

“It’s good to be fastest in both the wet and the dry, particularly the latter when I had a good run with the bike working well, though we still have some work to do,” said Lowes. “I enjoy this track with lots of sliding around because you have no traction control, it is real fun. It is enjoyable and though the times are good, it is what happens on Sunday that matters and that is what I am working towards.”

Lowes was 0.378 seconds faster than Rapid Solicitor Kawasaki’s Byrne in third, who was happy enough with the outcome of his first day at the Hampshire circuit: “We wanted to do a long run, more than a race distance and we’ve done that and it was pretty good. We have a lot of good information to use now over the rest of the weekend.”

Upstaging some of his more experienced rivals was American hot shot PJ Jacobsen, riding the Tyco Suzuki, who split the two early season title protagonists at the top of the leaderboard, with a best lap of 1m 16.706secs as he rode the circuit for the first time.

“I’m very happy with this,” said Jacobsen. “The track is fantastic, suiting my style, as it is fast flowing and I have learned a lot so now I am aiming for at least a top ten finish, but I am taking it step by step.”

Aussie Josh Brookes, aboard the second Tyco Suzuki, set the fourth fastest time running half a second fastest than former World Superbike rider Jakub Smrz on the Padgetts Honda with Michael Rutter sixth fastest on the Bathams Honda.

Results

Free practice one:
1:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 1m:21.626s
2:Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.685s
3:Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +1.006
4:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.090s
5:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.167s
6:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +1.571s

Free practice two:
1:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda)1m:16.412s
2:PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +0.294s
3:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.378s
4:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.602s
5:Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +1.065s
6:Michael Rutter (Bathams Honda) +1.067s

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