Aug 26, 2013
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MCE British Superbike Championship: Alex Lowes (22).
MCE British Superbike Championship
Cadwell Park, England
August 26, 2013
Superbike Race One (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 18 laps, 26:33.531
2. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -1.056 seconds
3. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 1.969
4. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 4.626
5. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), -14.827
6. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -16.040
7. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), -16.213
8. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -19.813
9. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -28.682
10. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), -29.267
11. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -32.244
12. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), -32.577
13. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), -33.115
14. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -36.371
15. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), -41.000
16. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -41.760
17. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -44.536
18. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199), -44.855
19. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), -89.991
20. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), -4 laps, DNF
21. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -5 laps, DNF
22. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -8 laps, DNF
23. Jamie Poole, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -8 laps, DNF
24. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -11 laps, DNF
Superbike Race Two (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 18 laps, 26:29.355
2. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -0.892 second
3. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -4.371 seconds
4. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -6.375
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), -9.787
6. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -16.095
7. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -16.197
8. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), -17.379
9. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), -29.029
10. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), -31.420
11. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -35.551
12. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -44.237
13. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -45.403
14. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -45.673
15. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199), -50.453
16. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), -78.160
17. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), -1 lap
18. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), -1 lap, DNF
19. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), -10 laps, DNF
20. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -10 laps, DNF
21. Jamie Poole, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -10 laps, DNF
Superbike Championship Point Standings (after 17 of 26 races):
1. Byrne, 330 points
2. Lowes, 293
3. Brookes, 284
4. Ellison, 174
5. Kiyonari, 162
6. Kirkham, 135
7. Westmoreland, 130
8. Bridewell, 110
9. Walker, 106
10. Jacobsen, 101
American Tommy Aquino won the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship with Black Horse race on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R. Aquino won the 10-lap race by 2.170 seconds over Lee Jackson. Victor Cox was third. Aquino is third in the Championship point standings after nine of 12 races.
American Jayson Uribe rode his Rock and Sons Racing Honda RS125 to 15th place overall and 12th in class in the Monster Energy British Motostar Championship race. Uribe is 11th in the 125cc Championship point standings after eight of 12 races.
American Michael Corbino finished 18th overall in Triumph Triple Challenge Race Two. Corbino is 15th in the Championship point standings after 12 of 19 races.
More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:
Round 8 Cadwell Park 26 August
HOME HERO LOWES THRILLS CADWELL PARK CROWDS WITH A DOUBLE VICTORY
1: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda)
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.056s
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.969s
4: Tommy Bridewell (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +4.626s
5: PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +14.827s
6: Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +16.040s
1: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda)
2: Tommy Bridewell (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +0.892s
3: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +4.371s
4: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +6.375s
5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +9.787s
6: Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +16.095s
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 330
2: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 293
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 284
4: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 174
5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 162
6: Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 135
Alex Lowes thrilled the tens of thousands of spectators at his home round of Cadwell Park as he powered to a double victory at the sun-drenched Lincolnshire circuit to boost his title aspirations in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
The Samsung Honda rider was out-gunned from his pole start in the opener by the three-times winner of the crown Shane Byrne aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, but by the time they reached Charlies on the opening lap, Lowes had snatched the lead. He defended hard and was to hold it through to the end to claim his first win in the class at his home circuit.
Lowes again made the early charge in race two, but on the final lap Aussie Josh Brookes forced his way ahead at Park corner but moments later the Tyco Suzuki rider dramatically crashed out of contention. Lowes reclaimed the lead into the final corners with Tommy Bridewell in close contention as he gave the Halsall Kawasaki team their first podium finish in only their debut season in the premier class.
Lincolnshire rider Lowes has now moved into second place in the standings, 37 points down on Byrne, but importantly he scored the maximum number of podium credits which will prove vital ahead of the Showdown sequence which kicks off at Assen.
Lowes was delighted: “The feeling is fantastic, winning like that in front of all those spectators. It is like a fairy tale weekend for me and it has just been awesome. I could not have asked for anything more and now I am looking forward to the rest of the season.
“It’s not that long that I was sitting on those banks watching the likes of Neil Hodgson and waiting for my chance to get out there. Now I am here and winning the races, though they were hard and luck was with me in the second one,” added Lowes.
Brookes, third in the opening race, escaped injury in his second race tumble but drops to third in the standings, though his place is assured among the six title fighters in the Showdown. However the fight is still on for the final three places which will be decided next time out at Donington Park.
James Ellison crashed out of fourth place in the opener but hit back with third on his Milwaukee Yamaha to stay fourth in the standings just ahead of Samsung Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari who had a hard time with seventh and fifth place finishes. The two Buildbase BMW riders Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland, after a challenging time scraping a handful of points apiece, need strong results at the Leicestershire circuit to hold off the challenge of the resurgent Bridewell.
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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:
MILWAUKEE YAMAHA BOUNCE BACK WITH PODIUM FINISH AT CADWELL PARK
The Milwaukee Yamaha team returned to the podium at the eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park as James Ellison ended the weekend with a third place in the second race.
In the opening race of the day Ellison had got off to a promising start and was lying in a potential podium position when a small mistake and the bottom of the Mountain proved costly as he slid off ending his chance of a serious points haul. Waters narrowly missed out on a top ten finish in the opening race in twelfth place as he moved up from fifteenth on the opening lap.
In race two Ellison was determined to bounce back and he was again in the leading pack as he continued to show the pace of the Milwaukee Yamaha. He was holding fourth position when a crash from Josh Brookes elevated him to third, maintaining his position inside the top six in the standings and needing seven points at the next round to secure his position in the Showdown. Waters made improvements between races to return to the top ten with an eighth place as he put in a stronger performance.
Ellison said: “I am really happy to end the weekend with a podium; it was unfortunate for Josh (Brookes) and I hate it when that happens. We have shown that we had the pace here this weekend and towards the end of the race the tyres had started to wear and then I made some mistakes at the end through the twisty section. Milwaukee Yamaha has got another podium and we have come back from the crash in race one and I want to thank the fans as they have been awesome here this weekend.”
Waters said: “Today has been much better and I wanted more than twelfth after the first race so we made some changes for race two and we were able to finish eighth. I did some good laps in the second race, my best here at Cadwell Park, so I was happy with that especially as I felt more comfortable on the Milwaukee Yamaha. We have made some improvements this weekend and that was the aim for me as this track is one of the toughest on the calendar.”
Team owner Shaun Muir concluded: “This has been another frustrating weekend for the Milwaukee Yamaha team but at least we have ended the event with a podium finish. James has shown good pace again but he was a bit aggressive at the Mountain and just lost the front. He bounced back in race two but it was a fluky podium, although we will take that nonetheless. Josh was a completely different story; he found it hard earlier in the weekend but turned it around in the races and was lapping at a better pace and was really digging deep so I am pleased with his performance today.”
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More, from a press release issued by Honda:
MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 08 CADWELL PARK.
MONDAY AUGUST 26, 2013.
Weather: Warm and sunny
Temperature: Ambient 21 degrees C, track 38 degrees C
DOUBLE HOME DELIGHT FOR LOWES BUT MORE STRUGGLES FOR KIYONARI
Alex Lowes delighted his massed ranks of sun-drenched supporters with an eighth round winning double at his local Cadwell Park circuit. The victories underline his credentials as a title-fighter in the Showdown sequence of races in the scrap for the MCE Insurance British Superbike crown.
Lowes’ team-mate three times title winner Ryuichi Kiyonari had another challenging weekend at the Lincolnshire circuit, near to the Samsung Honda Team’s base in Louth.
Lowes had all but matched the outright lap record as he powered in his fifth pole start of the campaign and he reckoned that with the benefit of “fan power” and a good night’s sleep he would take some beating at the circuit where last year he had enjoyed his first ever podium finish in the top flight.
The 22 year old rider from nearby Lincoln was true to his words, although at the start of the opener he was out-gunned by series leading, three times title winner Shane Byrne. However, within half a lap, Lowes was leading and riding hard to hold off the determined Kawasaki rider by a little over a second to take his third victory of the season.
In contrast Kiyonari, despite a second row start, having run fourth fastest in qualifying, was struggling to match the pace and was pushed back to seventh, just ahead of local rider Peter Hickman aboard the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda, with his team-mate Dan Linfoot a further three places back. Jakub Smrz took the last points scoring position on his Padgetts Honda.
Lowes, with the fastest lap in the first race was on pole for the second and he was in no mood to concede anything, riding hard, though Josh Brookes, riding a Suzuki, was always running him close until the Aussie had to contend with the close attentions of Tommy Bridewell, aboard a Kawasaki.
Brookes eventually got the better of Bridewell and then reeled in Lowes, snatching the lead from him on the final lap, but then moments later crashed out of contention. Lowes was en route to his fourth victory, completing his daily double while Kiyonari who had started from the third row worked his way through into fifth place. Hickman took seventh, Linfoot eleventh and Michael Rutter who had pulled out of the opener with a problem to his Bathams Honda ran thirteenth with Smrz six places further back and last of the finishers.
Honda rider quotes
Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda): Championship position 2nd 293pts, race results 1st/1st “The feeling is fantastic, winning like that in front of all those spectators. It is like a fairy tale weekend for me – just fantastic, I could not have asked for anything more and now I am looking forward to the rest of the season. It’s not that long that I was sitting on those banks watching the likes of Neil Hodgson and waiting for my chance to get out there. Now I am here and winning the races, though they were hard and luck was with me in the second. Winning the first race was a great feeling. It was hard work and it was difficult as I did not want to go too soon, but I set a good rhythm and then pushed hard, particularly over the last four or five laps. I rode as hard as I could and the rising track temperature made it harder but I gave it everything and you can’t do more than that.”
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda): Championship position 5th 162pts Race results 7th/5th “I am not happy as I always want to race to win not to be just running in the top six. I am always chasing but always a problem comes at every race track something happens. We are stepping forwards a little bit and everyone is working hard. The Showdown is important and we are near and now we have to try to improve our race positions. My team is good, maybe not only bike problems and rider has to do more. I want to be able to push hard.”