LOWES HEADS OFF LATE CHALLENGE FROM BYRNE AHEAD OF OULTON PARK RACE ONE

Alex Lowes set the pace at Oulton Park in the opening two free practice sessions

Alex Lowes set the pace at Oulton Park in the opening two free practice sessions

Round 7 Oulton Park  9-10-11 August

Alex Lowes held off the determined late challenge of reigning MCE British Superbike champion Shane Byrne to top the free practice times at Oulton Park ahead of this weekend’s triple-header seventh round at the Cheshire circuit.

Lowes however admits that he and his Samsung Honda team have work to do ahead of the first of the three races tomorrow (Saturday), if they are to repeat their winning ride from the previous visit to the circuit in May.

Lowes who held a 0.027 seconds advantage over Byrne, reflected: “We have to improve the feel and handling of the rear of the bike and we have plenty of things to try. We are fastest today, but it is what happens in the races that really matters. It has been hard work and it will be all weekend but I enjoy riding the challenge.”

Byrne had set the pace in the morning session but was denied a repeat performance in the afternoon aboard his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki as he prepared for races in which he is chasing a personal milestone of 50 MCE BSB victories.

Byrne said: “I was happy with the session this afternoon; the times might not have shown it because we had a bit of traffic on our last run but it bodes well for tomorrow. We have a few small changes to make and then we will be in pretty good shape for the races.”

The opposition was closing in this afternoon on the leading duo; James Ellison aboard the Milwaukee Yamaha and Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes plus Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland and three-times title winner Ryuichi Kiyonari are all eager to maintain their position in the top six in the standings.

On the opposite side of the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki garage Keith Farmer escaped unscathed in a spectacular crash at the Avenue in the second session which wrecked his bike, giving the team considerable work to do. For the CCTV footage please see below.

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Results

Free practice one:

1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1:37.200s
2:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.072s
3:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +0.382s
4:PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +1.358s
5:Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +1.609s
6:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +1.623s

Free practice two:

1:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 1m:36.140s
2:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.027s
3:James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.550s
4:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.876s
5:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +0.885s
6:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +0.892s

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