Shane Byrne wants to stay ahead of the pack at Silverstone

Shane Byrne wants to stay ahead of the pack at Silverstone

Round 11 Silverstone 4-5-6 October

Alex Lowes waited until the final seconds to upstage his MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship rivals in a last lap dash to steal the top spot ahead of series leading Shane Byrne in free practice for the penultimate round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Silverstone.

The stage is set for the pair to resume their frantic battle for the crown after the previous round at Assen where Lowes took his seventh victory to close within a point of Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Byrne before an incident in the second saw Byrne crash and Lowes excluded from the race.

The pair are now ready to tussle for the two wins on Sunday with Byrne deciding to sport a racing helmet bearing the message: “Warning – objects ahead may be closer than they appear.”

Lowes sat out the morning damp session, which was led by Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes, but put in a number of consistent laps aboard his Samsung Honda in the afternoon. “It was good, though still a bit damp in places and we got some good data together. The bike was good and I love this circuit so now I am looking forward confidently to the rest of the weekend. It was a case of getting out there, doing the job but not doing anything silly as there is a lot on the line in these last two rounds.”

His best lap set in the final minute of the session just edged out Byrne, who said: “To be honest I really needed to ride in the morning as I had a brand new bike and it needed to go around the track so we just did a few laps in the wet because of that. The afternoon was really, really good. We have a couple of things that we need to work on but I am really happy.”

Brookes showed his all-round skills setting the third best time this afternoon, ahead of fellow Title Fighter James Ellison aboard the Milwaukee Yamaha who had briefly led the afternoon session. Jakub Smrz riding the Padgetts Honda and Matteo Baiocco on the Moto Rapido Ducati rounded off the top six, ahead of Michael Rutter on the Bathams Honda and Peter Hickman riding the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda.


Free practice one:

1: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 2m:25.509s

2: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.657s

3: Josh Waters (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +1.472s

4: Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +1.801s

5: PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +1.975s

6: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +2.207s


Free practice two:

1: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 2m:08.651s

2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.251s

3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.261s

4: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.437s

5: Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +0.895s

6: Matteo Baiocco (Rapido Sport Racing Ducati) +0.910s

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