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Sep 28, 2012

Alex Lowes Fastest In British Superbike Practice, P.J. Jacobsen Second-Best In Provisional 1000cc Superstock Qualifying At Silverstone (Updated)

British National 1000cc Superstock Championship
Silverstone Circuit, England
September 28, 2012
Free Practice One Results:

1. Jason O'Halloran (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:11.299
2. P.J. Jacobsen (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:11.750
3. Keith Farmer (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:12.058
4. Steve Brogan (BMW S1000RR), 2:12.973
5. David Johnson (BMW S1000RR), 2:12.987
6. Victor Cox (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:13.269
7. Josh Elliott (BMW S1000RR), 2:13.373
8. Lee Johnston (Duc 1199 Paniagle), 2:13.967
9. Daniel Johnson (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:14.214
10. Cody Nally (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:14.266

Provisional Qualifying Results:

1. Jason O'Halloran (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:10.489
2. P.J. Jacobsen (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:10.900
3. Keith Farmer (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:11.094
4. David Johnson (BMW S1000RR), 2:11.221
5. Josh Elliott (BMW S1000RR), 2:11.408
6. Marshall Neill (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:11.497
7. Joe Burns (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:11.542
8. Lee Johnston (Duc 1199 Paniagle), 2:11.676
9. Jonathan Railton (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:11.991
10. Daniel Johnson (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:12.015

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:



Free practice one:
1: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 2m:11.902s
2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.017s
3: Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) +0.157s
4: Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.915s
5: Peter Hickman (Buildbase BMW) +2.729s
6: Jakub Smrz (Splitlath Redmond Aprilia) +2.768s

Free practice two:
1: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 2m08.056s
2: Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +0.004s
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.208s
4: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.605s
5: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +0.634s
6: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.708s


Alex Lowes underlined his late season charge for the MCE Insurance British Superbike crown by setting the pace in free practice ahead of Sunday's penultimate round at Silverstone.

The WFR Honda rider continued his momentum to head off the late challenges posed by Padgett's Honda rider Luca Scassa and series leader Josh Brookes aboard the Tyco Suzuki as he powered in a lap of 2m 08.056secs.

"We still have work to do, but already I am feeling confident that I challenge in these races," said Lowes. "I am in the Showdown and I am not here to make up the numbers."

Lowes lies fourth overall among the six Title Fighters and goes into these races trailing a confident Brookes by 36 points as the Australian closed to within 0.208secs of the Lincolnshire rider. Brookes made the most of the available track time to prepare for the races watched by his nearest rival Shane "Shakey" Byrne who crashed out on his second lap of the afternoon session.

Byrne, who goes into the two races trailing Brookes by just two points, escaped injury as he was high-sided off his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Chapel, giving his team a major rebuild ahead of Saturday's qualifying.

Byrne said: "It was a strange crash as when you are on the limit you can expect it, but it was only my second lap out! It flicked me up and I came back down on the bike and was heading into the gravel at a fair rate of knots so I had to bail out! I am ok though and ready for tomorrow."

Reigning champion Tommy Hill set the fourth fastest time on his Swan Yamaha as he prepared to fight back into contention after his bizarre incident ahead of the first race at Assen last Sunday. "We are a bit down on track time here, but I am happy there is more to come from the bike but we have to push on," said Hill.

Michael Laverty, currently fifth in the rankings, was sixth fastest as he spend much of the time working on the set-up of his Samsung Honda to get the best out of his tyres and to finalise a decision as to which compound to use in the races.

But the sixth of the elite riders in the Showdown for the title, Tommy Bridewell has work to do, having set the 16th best time on the Supersonic Racing BMW, as he struggled with technical problems in the afternoon session.

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More, from a press release issued by Swan Yamaha:


The Swan Yamaha team have been building momentum today at Silverstone in preparation for the penultimate round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at the Northamptonshire circuit this weekend.

The first session was soon hampered by rainfall after only a few laps but both riders were undeterred and utilised the time to re-familiarise themselves with the circuit. Defending champion Tommy Hill ended the opening two sessions fourth fastest on his return to the circuit whilst Noriyuki Haga ended fifteenth after struggling with the setting they tested this afternoon. Both riders are feeling confident though that tomorrow then can build on today's performance ahead of qualifying.

Hill said: "I had to get out on track this morning just to familiarise myself with the circuit again and get some laps under our belt. I was hoping for a dry session this afternoon and we were lucky but some of the other riders have already tested here so we knew it would be a bit of cat and mouse. It would have been nice to be quickest today but I am happy with the top five as I know we are not a million miles away and we are building momentum. We want to carry that on tomorrow, up our game again and be ready for qualifying."

Haga said: "Today hasn't been easy and we went in the wrong direction with the setting. We started with the one we used for Assen which was a mistake as that didn't work here, but for tomorrow we know what we need to do. I still need some more confidence to push the front in the corners and I hope that we can find that tomorrow so we can have a good qualifying."

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