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Lowes takes victory and a second to regain second places in standings
|Monday, 08 July 2013 10:56|
MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 05 SUNDAY 7 JULY SNETTERTON
Temperature: Ambient degrees 26C, Track degrees 46C
Alex Lowes fought back from a problematic time in free practice to enjoy a rich points haul, with a second victory of the season and then a hard earned second place to regain his second place in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in the sun-drenched fifth round at Snetterton.
Adding to a highly positive weekend for the Samsung Honda team, Lowes’ team-mate, the former three times champion Ryuichi Kiyonari maintained the improvements he had shown in the previous round at Knockhill as he took fifth and fourth places to move into fifth place in the standings.
Lowes and his team worked frantically through free practice to improve the bike and tyre choice and had their rewards as he powered to his third pole start of the season while Kiyonari qualified fourth fastest, his first front row start of the year.
In the opening race Suzuki’s Josh Brookes made the break, ahead of Kawasaki’s series leader Shane Byrne with Lowes third from Kiyonari, but after a brief intervention by the Safety Car, it was all change on the resumption as Lowes, in the space of half a lap swooped through to take the lead.
Once ahead Lowes was able to pull away, taking the victory by almost two seconds ahead of Brookes, Byrne and Kiyonari. Robbin Harms, riding Doodson Honda, ran sixth, just ahead of Padgetts Honda rider Jakub Smrz with the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda riders Dan Linfoot twelfth just ahead of Peter Hickman. But in a race of attrition in which a third of the starters failed to finish both Bathams Honda rider Tommy Bridewell and Michael Rutter stopped while Jenny Tinmouth crashed.
Byrne, his first race problems sorted took charge of the second, leading throughout to take his seventh victory of the season with Lowes maintaining the pressure on him through to the end, with barely a quarter of a second between them. Brookes took third, three quarters of a second up on Kiyonari.
Linfoot ran eighth, Bridewell twelfth, just ahead of Hickman while Tinmouth bounced back to become the first ever woman to score a point in BSB as she finished fifteenth on her Two Wheels Honda. Harms suffered a wrist injury when he was caught up in a first lap incident after BMW’s Kirkham had tipped off in front of him while Smrz crashed just into the second half of the race.
Honda rider quotes
Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda): Race positions 1st/2nd Championship position 2nd 175pts “It would have been nice to have taken a double win and I pushed as hard as I could – I couldn’t take my normal lines for some reason and in the second race nearly hit Byrne twice. I worked my backside off after a nightmare Friday putting in a lot of laps and the team gave me a fantastic bike. The first race was hard work, the front tyre destroyed itself by the end and while it was scary at times it was fun, I was comfortable and it was a good win. I made a pretty terrible start to the second but felt good sitting behind Byrne.
I tried and wanted to take him but I never quite got there. I learned a lot from him over the final five laps, pushed as hard as I could and I’m not complaining taking two podiums here.”
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda): Race positions 5th/4th Championship positions 5th 83pts “This weekend we have had some improvements again. I was happy before qualifying with tyre life and lap times but then something was different. I thought we had things good but it changed and I am not sure why, maybe it was cooler then than in the races, or, we could have been faster, but I am happier and ready for the next round at Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit which is good for me.
RESULTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE
POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP
1 / Alex LOWES / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 29:50.041 /
2 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 29:52.025 / 1.984
3 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 29:52.068 / 2.027
4 / James ELLISON / GBR / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 29:53.564 / 3.523
5 / Ryuichi KIYONARI / JPN / Honda - Samsung Honda / 29:56.050 / 6.009
6 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 30:10.106 / 20.065
7 / Robbin HARMS / DEN / Honda - Doodson Motorsport Honda / 30:10.390 / 20.349
8 / Jakub SMRZ / CZE / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 30:10.695 / 20.654
9 / Josh WATERS / AUS / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 30:10.967 / 20.926
10 / Matteo BAIOCCO / ITA / Ducati - Rapido Sport Racing / 30:11.122 / 21.081
11 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 30:11.701 / 21.660
12 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 30:14.499 / 24.458
13 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 30:22.295 / 32.254
14 / Danny BUCHAN / GBR / Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki / 31:02.013 / 1:11.972
15 / Michael HOWARTH / GBR / Kawasaki - MH Kawasaki / 31:33.333 / 1:43.292 Fastest lap: Alex LOWES GBR Honda - Samsung Honda Lap 2 1:48.996 157.81Km/h
POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP
1 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 30:48.141 /
2 / Alex LOWES / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:48.386 / 0.245
3 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 30:55.159 / 7.018
4 / Ryuichi KIYONARI / JPN / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:56.009 / 7.868
5 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 30:56.728 / 8.587
6 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki / 31:01.102 / 12.961
7 / Josh WATERS / AUS / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 31:06.359 / 18.218
8 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 31:09.511 / 21.370
9 / James ELLISON / GBR / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 31:09.624 / 21.483
10 / Matteo BAIOCCO / ITA / Ducati - Rapido Sport Racing / 31:10.914 / 22.773
11 / PJ JACOBSEN / USA / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 31:12.262 / 24.121
12 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / Honda - Bathams Honda / 31:12.561 / 24.420
13 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 31:18.273 / 30.132
14 / Lee COSTELLO / GBR / Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki / 31:19.861 / 31.720
15 / Jenny TINMOUTH / GBR / Honda - Two Wheel Racing / 32:06.530 / 1:18.389 Fastest lap: Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Lap 6 1:48.951 157.87 Km/h
1 BYRNE 207, 2 LOWES 175, 3 BROOKES 172, 4 ELLISON 100, 5 KIYONARI 83,
6 KIRKHAM 81, 7 WESTMORELAND 77, 8 WALKER 75, 9 JACOBSEN 52,
10 FARMER 50, 11 HICKMAN 47, 12 BRIDEWELL 42, 13 WATERS 33, 14 SMRZ 31,
15 MAINWARING 29.
NEXT EVENT: ROUND05 JULY 21, BRANDS HATCH GP
Article source: Honda Motor Sports