British Superbikes: Alex Lowes wins another double at Donington
By Nick Soye. Last Updated: September 8, 2013 6:38pm
Alex Lowes grabs another double
Alex Lowes continued his domination of the MCE Insurance British Superbike series with another race double at Donington Park. The Samsung Honda rider proved he's the man to beat and secured some more valuable podium credits.
The number twenty-two was pushed as ever by three times BSB Champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.
Byrne rode a steady race by his standards as podium credits remained the priority.
Tommy Bridewell saw his pre-race showdown aspirations dashed with a dropped valve in race one which ruled out any possibility of the resurgent Wiltshire rider taking that final place in the top six.
But the Halsall Racing rider made amends in race two to take another fantastic podium for the team much to the delight of team owner Martin Halsall.
"What we have achieved with two podiums in the last two rounds has been great for the team" said Halsall. "We will enjoy the remaining rounds and continue to build as we prepare to mount a title challenge in 2014".
With a showdown place finally confirmed for James Ellison, the Kendal rider pushed too hard in race two with an audacious move on Lowes that resulted in a grass tracking Milwaukee Yamaha.
Despite a courageous jump by Byrne on the final lap of race two to take the lead, Lowes immediately snatched back the top spot, refusing to give any quarter. A drag to the line ensued with Lowes taking another race double by five one hundredths of a second from Byrne.
"I have the utmost respect for Alex and he's really good fun to race against" said Byrne who paid tribute to the performance of the double race winner.
For the back to back winner with four race wins in a row, Lowes was thrilled with his Donington Park exploits.
"I feel great and have put myself in a very strong position for the showdown and the final three rounds of the season" said the Samsung Honda rider.
"The team have worked so hard to get me to this position and it's all coming together at the right time of the season".
"If I can carry this momentum through to the showdown, it will be great for my championship aspirations" said Lowes.
The series now heads to the European round at Assen with Byrne leading the championship standings on 539 points, with Lowes a mere six points adrift.
With the top six showdown places now confirmed, the series promises yet another thrilling finale to the greatest domestic race series of its kind.