Alex Lowes powers to Silverstone double, as the Briton kept alive his title chances in British Superbikes Championship

Last Updated: 30/09/12 8:38pm

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Alex Lowes won both races in round 11 of the British Superbikes Championship at Silverstone to give him an outside chance of winning the title.

In race one, the 22-year-old from Lincolnshire won by more than five seconds, while edging out Byrne by 0.042 in the second.

While Lowes was dominant in the opener, taking the lead on lap three and then staying there, the second was a more thrilling affair.

Byrne claimed the early lead in race two on the opening lap from Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell - who started from pole - only to be overtaken by Michael Laverty.

However, this advantage did not last long with Byrne re-claiming top spot before the duo swapped places again a few laps later.

Lowes briefly claimed the lead on lap nine of 14, with Byrne overtaking him on the 11th.

Lowes secured the decisive move at Luffield on the concluding lap, which means the destiny of the title now goes down to Brands Hatch in two weeks.

A delighted Lowes said: "I was happy enough with a win in the first race so to do the double is mega.

"I got into a rhythm and then I made a mistake onto the straight and I lost some time. On the last lap I knew I could turn in tight and I managed to get down the inside of Shakey and that was what we needed to do."

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