Sep 20, 2013
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MCE British Superbike Championship: Alex Lowes (22).
MCE British Superbike Championship
Assen TT Circuit, Netherlands
September 20, 2013
Free Practice Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:38.049
2. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:38.313
3. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:38.431
4. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:38.505
5. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:38.514
6. Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:38.670
7. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:39.193
8. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:39.202
9. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:39.254
10. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:39.256
11. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:39.391
12. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:39.726
13. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199), 1:39.783
14. Danny De Doer, Netherlands (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:39.863
15. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:39.952
16. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:40.069
17. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:40.170
18. Robbin Harms, Denmark (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:40.475
19. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:41.324
20. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:42.277
21. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:43.552
107.5% of Fast Time: 1:45.402
22. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), no time recorded
Other Americans in action at Assen: Jayson Uribe, riding his Rock and Sons Racing Honda RS125, was 36th out of 39 riders overall in provisional Monster Energy British Motorstar/ONK Dutch 125cc/Moto3 qualifying Friday. Uribe's best time of 1:56.543 ranked him 19th in the British Motostar 125cc category. The overall fastest time in the session was 1:47.218 by Jerry Van De Bunt, a Dutch 125cc class rider.
More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:
Round 10 Assen 20/21/22 September
TITLE FIGHTER LOWES NEAR RECORD PACE AHEAD OF SHOWDOWN OPENER
Free practice one:
1: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 1m:38.702s
2: PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +-.500s
3: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.546s
4: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.657s
5: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.821s
6: Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +0.849s
Free practice two:
1: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 1m:38.049s
2: PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +0.264s
3: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.382s
4: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +0.456s
5: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.465s
6: Noriyuki Haga (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.621s
Title fighter Alex Lowes bounced back from an early crash to set the free practice pace running at near record pace ahead of Sunday’s opening Showdown round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Assen (NL).
The Samsung Honda rider was uninjured as he slid off towards the end of the morning session, but Lowes fought back in the afternoon practice upping his pace to throw down the gauntlet to his rivals.
Lowes, who goes into these races six points down on the series leader and three times title winner Shane Byrne, explained: “It was frustrating to crash as that lost me time in the session this morning, but in the afternoon the bike was good and we put in some decent laps. We still have a few things to work on but we are feeling happy.”
Lowes arrives off the back of four consecutive race wins and he needed his faster pace to out-gun the series ‘rookie’ PJ Jacobsen aboard the Tyco Suzuki who closed within a quarter of a second of him.
The American outpaced Lowes’ Title Fighter rivals including James Ellison who was third aboard the Milwaukee Yamaha but marginally faster than the two three times winners of the British crown, Ryuichi Kiyonari on the second Samsung Honda and Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.
However Aussie Josh Brookes has work to do, languishing in ninth place on the time-sheets, while James Westmoreland saw his hopes of improving his time dashed by a tumble from his Buildbase BMW in the closing minutes of the afternoon session leaving him eleventh.
Noriyuki Haga, making his debut aboard the second Rapid Solicitors Kawsaki, was sixth fastest while Tommy Bridewell who switched to ride the second Milwaukee Yamaha had a crash in the morning session but fought back to be tenth fastest.
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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:
TOP THREE FOR MILWAUKEE YAMAHA ON OPENING DAY AT ASSEN
The Milwaukee Yamaha team had a strong start to the Showdown in the opening free practice sessions at Assen today as James Ellison set the third fastest time, the second fastest of the Title Fighters.
Ellison had been fourth fastest in the opening free practice on his return to Assen but as the title contender built up throughout the two sessions, his pace improved and he was just 0.382 seconds adrift of the quickest time at the end of the first day. Tommy Bridewell made his debut with the team today and despite a high-speed crash in the opening session he continued to adapt to the Milwaukee Yamaha and showed his determination by setting the tenth fastest time.
Ellison said: “It has been a successful day really, especially this afternoon. We seem to have been making more changes than normal but to be honest it has made the difference today and we have found a chunk of time so we know that there is a lot more to come. To end today third fastest was good for me and the team and we know we have a few things still to work through in the morning so it has been a good start to the weekend for me.”
Bridewell said: “The Milwaukee Yamaha feels good; it’s obviously a lot different to what I have ridden this season, so I have been adapting my riding style a bit today. For sure when I have done some more laps I will get the best out of the Yamaha and be faster. The crash this morning lost us a bit of time and it was at about 100mph; I have caught my finger but nothing serious. This afternoon I found my feet; the position isn’t beautiful but I am happy enough as I know we have more to come still, so thanks to the team for their efforts today.”
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