LOWES SCORCHES TO THIRD POLE AHEAD OF BRITISH SUPERBIKE TITLE FIGHTER RIVALS

Shakey aims to celebrate this weekend

Shakey aims to celebrate this weekend

Round 11     29/30 September    Silverstone – Report

Alex Lowes boosted his hopes of moving closer to the MCE Insurance British Superbike crown as he stunned his Title Fighter rivals with a scorching lap of Silverstone to take his third pole start from four rounds ahead of Sunday’s penultimate round.
The WFR Honda rider had set the pace in all three free practice sessions but he saved his best for qualifying with a blistering 105.06mph lap around the 3.67mile Northamptonshire circuit which powered him to 0.825 seconds ahead of reigning champion Tommy Hill.
Lowes said: “That was a pretty good lap – we had struggled a bit with tyre choice and had changed the bike settings a lot and practice had gone OK. I had felt pretty quick all of the way across the weekend and the bike is feeling good, so we will see what happens now in the races. I am going to enjoy them and I really want podium finishes tomorrow.”
Lowes goes into these races in fourth place in the overall standings, 36 points down on series leader Josh Brookes. The Australian bounced back from a high-speed crash during the final free practice to qualify his Tyco Suzuki fourth fastest, marginally slower than Samsung Honda’s Michael Laverty.
Brookes said: “It has been a difficult day after my crash this morning, which was my own fault. The team did a good job to get me back out there and the bike was the best it’s been all weekend so I feel confident for the races.”
Shane Byrne was the fifth Title Fighter to qualifying in the top five, and like Brookes the former two times winner of the crown had hit back strongly from a heavy crash.  He had badly damaged his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki on Friday afternoon, but following the hard work of his team overnight to repair the bike he will start from the second row for the opening race tomorrow.
But the sixth of the Title Fighters, Tommy Bridewell faces an uphill struggle to remain in contention after a problematic qualifying left his Supersonic Racing BMW twelfth fastest and with it a third row start.
Results
Qualifying, top six:
1: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 2m 05.662s
2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.825s
3: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.891s
4: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.040s
5: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.113s
6: Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.492s
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