Alex Lowes topped the times in Assen

Alex Lowes topped the times in Assen

Round 10     21/22/23 September   Assen
Alex Lowes was the last rider to qualify as a Title Fighter in the Showdown for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship but today (Friday) the WFR Honda rider stormed the opposition in the opening two free practice sessions at the iconic Assen circuit.
Lowes had experienced riding the Dutch circuit last year in a two day test with the locally based Ten Kate Honda team and he made that count as held off the challenges from his Title Fighter rivals including the late determined threat posed by Aussie Josh Brookes aboard the Tyco Suzuki.
“I’m really enjoying riding here – the track suits my style,” reflected Lowes after topping the times with a lap of 1m 37.893secs. “We are getting consistent lap times even though this is a new track for the team and we have all had to work hard.
“There is no reason why we cannot continue like this – we just have to stick in there. As for the Showdown and the title – I’m  not thinking about either of them yet. My focus is simply to go out there and do my best.”
Brookes worked hard with his team to overcame a vibration problem with his bike, solving it in the closing stages of the session and had moved fastest before Lowes toppled him from the top.
Shane Byrne is set for Showdown comeback

Shane Byrne is set for Showdown comeback

Former two times title winner Shane “Shakey” Byrne returned as he braved the pain of an injured shoulder onboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki. He topped the opening session before setting the third fastest time ahead of title rival Michael Laverty aboard the Samsung Honda.

But the remaining two Title Fighters had a nightmare start to the opening sessions at Assen. Defending champion Tommy Hill escaped injury when he crashed his Swan Yamaha in the afternoon session which left him ninth fastest, though three places ahead of Supersonic Racing BMW’s Tommy Bridewell.
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Free practice one:
1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:38.651s
2:Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +0.482s
3:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.549s
4:Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +0.627s
5:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.904s
6:Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) +0.934s
Free practice two:
1:Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 1:37.893s
2:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.282s
3:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.572s
4:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.868s
5:Jakub Smrz (Splitlath Redmond Racing) +0.950s
6:Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) +1.071s
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