Oct 15, 2013
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From a press release
issued by MotorSport Vision
MCE British Superbike Championship: Shane Byrne (67) and Alex Lowes (22) battled to a photo finish at the penultimate round of the Championship at Silverstone.
PHOTO FINISH THRILLER SETS UP MCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE TITLE DECIDER AT BRANDS HATCH
A single point separates Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Alex Lowes ahead of the final three races of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend (18/19/20 October) as the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is set to host another exhilarating title-deciding finale.
Byrne returns to his home circuit targeting a record-breaking fourth MCE BSB crown after a heroic ride at Silverstone when a huge free practice crash left him on crutches and battling the pain. Young gun Lowes has been his nemesis throughout the season – the pair have been virtually inseparable and last time out at Silverstone they shared the wins as race two was decided by 0.012 seconds and a photo finish!
Byrne said: “I am feeling a lot better now than I was straight after Silverstone. I have had more physio and been back in training so I am in the best possible shape ready for Brands Hatch. Two big crashes within two weekends unfortunately have left me a bit battle scarred but I'm ready to come out fighting that's for sure; we certainly never came this far to give up now! I think the final round will be similar to the rest as it has been so close between myself and Alex but hopefully I get the balance in my direction at Brands Hatch! We have had some great battles and with only one point between us we both know that we need to beat each other. To be honest no words can describe what winning the title again would mean to me because it is worth far more than I can say. I will be giving everything.”
Lowes said: “I am feeling good ahead of Brands Hatch; all season we have worked so hard to be in this position for the final round and we have as good a chance of winning as anyone. It has been a great season and we have had some awesome races but we need to win again at Brands Hatch because that is going to decide the championship. We have all had a really good season and we have had great competition between us – myself, Shakey plus James and Josh and I am sure they will all be strong again this weekend. I have everything in place to do the job and it is now down to me.”
Byrne and Lowes head the title chase by 42 points from third placed James Ellison but a wrong move from the leading pair could see Milwaukee Yamaha’s Ellison or Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes snatch the advantage at the crucial stages of the 2013 season.
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