BSB Snetterton: Lowes Bounces Back To Take Pole


Alex Lowes raced to his third pole position of the season in sweltering conditions at Snetterton despite what he admitted was his toughest meeting of the season so far. The Samsung Honda rider is also coming off the back of a disappointing weekend at Knockhill where he crashed out of race one and lost his championship lead but he looks well placed to make inroads tomorrow.

The 22 year old was three tenths quicker than new series leader Shane Byrne and is hopeful of taking the fight to ‘Shakey’ on race day.

“It may not have looked like it but this has been my most difficult round of the season so far; in free practice we had a few concerns, but we have been trying in every session. I just hope that it all pays off now in the races, and I am happy enough with that lap after the nightmare day we had on Friday. All I can do now is give my all in these races and work as hard as I can.”

Byrne was annoyed at having missed out on pole but remains a strong contender to add to his six race victories already this year. Josh Brookes is still to open his account but stands a good chance from third while the rejuvenated Ryuichi Kiyonari is also a threat from the outside of the front row as he battles for a showdown spot.

Fellow title hopeful James Ellison starts fifth for Milwaukee Yamaha ahead of Chris Walker, currently the man in possession of the last top six place. Tommy Bridewell, a showdown competitor last season, lines up seventh ahead of Jakub Smrz with Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland rounding out the top ten on the Buildbase BMWs.

 

2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship – Round 5: Snetterton 300
Qualifying Classification
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Alex Lowes Honda Samsung Honda 1:48.106
2  Shane Byrne Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:48.493
3  Josh Brookes Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 1:49.072
4  Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda Samsung Honda 1:49.090
5  James Ellison Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 1:49.283
6  Chris Walker Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:49.318
7  Tommy Bridewell Honda Bathams Honda 1:49.379
8  Jakub Smrz Honda Padgetts Honda 1:49.413
9  Jon Kirkham BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:49.606
10  James Westmoreland BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:49.653
Eliminated in Q2
11  PJ Jacobsen Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 1:49.922
12  Josh Waters Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 1:50.003
13  Matteo Baiocco Ducati Rapido Sport Racing 1:50.071
14  Dan Linfoot Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 1:30.366
15  Peter Hickman Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 1:50.829
16  Lee Costello Kawasaki Halsall Racing Kawasaki 1:51.396
17  Howie Mainwaring Kawasaki MH Kawasaki 1:51.910
Eliminated in Q1
18  Robbin Harms Honda Doodson Motorsport Honda 1:50.881
19  Michael Rutter Honda Bathams Honda 1:51.513
20  Danny Buchan Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:52.378
21  Martin Jessopp BMW Riders Motorcycles 1:53.464
22  Jenny Tinmouth Honda Two Wheel Racing 1:54.068
23  Keith Farmer Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:56.006
24  Michael Howarth Kawasaki MH Kawasaki No Time