BSB: Lowes wins as championship leader Bryne crashes

Lowes takes the lead
Photo: British Superbikes

Alex Lowes has taken the first win at this weekend’s British Superbikes meet at Oulton Park ahead of Milwaukee Yamaha’s James Ellison and Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes.


Prior to the race start it was announced Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider Danny Buchan was withdrawing from both races after yesterdays qualifying crash.

Following the loss of the hole shot to Byrne ahead of Brookes, Lowes quickly regained the lead and made quick work of keeping formation.
Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne stalked Lowes for the first 12 laps however a mistake at Brittens chicane saw him fail to finish, a fate that also met his teammate Keith Farmer at the Shells Oils hairpin on the first lap.

After a technical problem in qualifying yesterday, Jamies Ellison started from tenth on the grid but quickly began to pick off the field reaching7th in only the first lap. Throughout the entirety of the race Ellison stormed through to eventually meet Brookes, where he eventually took the Australian rider across the line on lap 16 for second place


Buildbase BMW’s Jon Kirkham and an injured Tommy Bridewell kept the crowd entertained as they battled for 4th and 5th position respectively whilst Peter Hickman took a lonely 6th. Further down the field American PJ Jacobsen fended off an attack from Chris Walker as he came across the line to finish eighth.

It was a bad race for veteran Michael Rutter, who was celebrating his 400th race, as he pulled off with what looked like a technical issue quite early in proceedings.  Rutter wasn’t the only one who had a bad day with Robbin Harms crashing with his bike destroyed by the barriers.

A lot of the talk this weekend has focused on Samsung Honda, not only Alex Lowes and his storming lap record but the lack of points scored by three times world champion Ryuichi Kiyonari. Kiyonari who spent most of his race down in 17th found himself taking a solitary point as he made the finish in 14th a massive 3.2 seconds slower than Lowes fastest lap set on lap four.

Lowes has stolen the championship lead with a ten point gap to Byrne whilst Brookes has 76 points ahead of James Ellison’s 71. 

Results below: 

1 22 Alex LOWES GBR Honda – Samsung Honda 18 29:03.128 100.07 1:35.847 4
2 77 James ELLISON GBR Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha 18 29:06.476 3.348 3.348 99.88 1:36.166 9
3 2 Josh BROOKES AUS Suzuki – Tyco Suzuki 18 29:08.588 5.460 2.112 99.76 1:36.041 4
4 10 Jon KIRKHAM GBR BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad 18 29:09.783 6.655 1.195 99.69 1:36.384 9
5 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR Honda – Bathams Honda 18 29:09.936 6.808 0.153 99.68 1:36.467 4
6 60 Peter HICKMAN GBR Honda – Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 18 29:23.696 20.568 13.760 98.90 1:36.548 3
7 27 James WESTMORELAND GBR BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad 18 29:28.679 25.551 4.983 98.62 1:37.458 11
8 99 PJ JACOBSEN USA Suzuki – Tyco Suzuki 18 29:31.430 28.302 2.751 98.47 1:37.528 3
9 9 Chris WALKER GBR Kawasaki – Quattro Plant Kawasaki 18 29:31.990 28.862 0.560 98.44 1:37.058 2
10 33 Tristan PALMER GBR Honda – Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 18 29:33.434 30.306 1.444 98.36 1:37.620 7
11 43 Howie MAINWARING GBR Kawasaki – MH Kawasaki 18 29:42.299 39.171 8.865 97.87 1:37.940 3
12 96 Jakub SMRZ CZE Honda – Padgetts Honda 18 29:42.600 39.472 0.301 97.85 1:37.669 4
13 21 Josh WATERS AUS Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha 18 29:48.806 45.678 6.206 97.51 1:38.078 10
14 23 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Honda – Samsung Honda 18 29:52.335 49.207 3.529 97.32 1:38.522 3
15 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR BMW – Riders Motorcycles 18 29:52.809 49.681 0.474 97.30 1:37.897 3
16 68 Karl HARRIS GBR Kawasaki – PR Racing Kawasaki 18 29:52.908 49.780 0.099 97.29 1:37.940 2
17 15 Matteo BAIOCCO ITA Ducati – Rapido Sport Racing 18 29:55.110 51.982 2.202 97.17 1:38.763 4
18 39 Lee COSTELLO GBR Kawasaki – Halsall Racing Kawasaki 18 30:07.567 1:04.439 12.457 96.50 1:39.242 5
19 20 Jenny TINMOUTH GBR Honda – Two Wheel Racing 17 29:04.512 1 Lap 1 Lap 94.44 1:41.352 10
NOT CLASSIFIED
DNF 67 Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki – Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 11 17:42.924 7 Laps 6 Laps 100.29 1:36.028 4
DNF 127 Robbin HARMS DEN Honda – Doodson Motorsport Honda 5 8:17.247 13 Laps 6 Laps 97.44 1:37.614 3
DNF 400 Michael RUTTER GBR Honda – Bathams Honda 5 8:21.971 13 Laps 4.724 96.53 1:38.437 3
DNF 51 Michael HOWARTH GBR Kawasaki – MH Kawasaki 5 9:09.251 13 Laps 47.280 88.22 1:42.964 2
DNF 303 Keith FARMER GBR Kawasaki – Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 0
DNF 64 Aaron ZANOTTI GBR Suzuki – Aaron Zanotti Racing 0
FASTEST LAP
22 Alex LOWES GBR Honda – Samsung Honda 4 1:35.847 101.11 mph 162.72 kph

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