Lowes is still on top

Posted: 21 Mar 2013

The second day of the official 2013 British Superbike Championship BSB test is now complete at Snetterton 300 circuit and it looks like Alex Lowes, on the Samsung Honda, is still the man to beat.

The conditions were categorised as Bright / Dry at the Norfolk based circuit today, very different to the snow and rain that plagued the testing yesterday.

Alex Lowes clocked the quickest time of 1:51.407 in the first session of the day and didn’t venture out in the second. In the second session it was Championship hopeful Josh Brookes who posted the fastest with a 1:51.959 but it was Lowes who came out on top in the combined classification by 0.552 seconds.

Just a week after Lowes topped the charts on his CBR1000RR, he was back out on track showing he can be consistent and put in the fast lap times needed to win Championships. It would seem that the hours he has been putting in at the gym with twin brother Sam have paid off

The timing sheets and Snetterton paddock were missing a certain something today as Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider, Shakey Byrne, didn’t take part in testing.

With competition fierce and every rider fighting for the Championship this year, it looks like it will be a very exciting first round at Brands Hatch in just 14 days time as everyone will be going all out to make their mark in the first round and show that they used their time productively over the off-season. Brookes, who spoke with Bike Social earlier today, spent his time creating a water trike, it clearly paid off after he was ranked second at the end of the day with a time of 1:52.202.

Other riders of note were Milwaukee Yamaha rider James Ellison, making his return after riding in MotoGP on a CRT bike last year, who finished the day third overall. He was followed by fellow Brit and young hopeful, James Westmoreland on the Buildbase BMW S1000RR. One to watch will be Jakub Smrz, after a disappointing last year in WSBK, he will be looking to make an impression and certainly did after obtaining third and fourth respectively in the two sessions today.

The BSB riders have just 2 weeks to be ready for the first round at the infamous track of Brands Hatch on 5-7 April.

Session 1

1 Alex LOWES Honda - Samsung Honda 1:51.407

2 Josh BROOKES – Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:52.202

3 Jakub SMRZ – Honda – Padgettsmotorcycles.com 1:52.701

4 Ryuichi KIYONARI – Honda – Samsung Honda 1:52.893

5 Josh WATERS – Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha – 1:53.021 

6 Tommy BRIDEWELL – Honda – Batemans Honda – 1:53.084

7 James WESTMORELAND – BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad – 1:53.312

8 Matteo BAIOCCO – Ducati – Rapido Sport Racing – 1:53.526

9 James ELLISON – Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha – 1:53.634

10 Lee JACKSON - BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad – 1:54.212

Session 2

1 Josh BROOKES – Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:51.959

2 James ELLISON – Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha – 1:52.249

3 James WESTMORELAND – BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad – 1:52.487

4 Jakub SMRZ – Honda – Padgettsmotorcycles.com 1:52.585

5 Josh WATERS – Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha – 1:52.714

6 Tommy BRIDEWELL – Honda – Batemans Honda – 1:52.739

7 Lee JACKSON - BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad – 1:53.464

8 Jon KIRKHAM – BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad – 1:53.710

9 Jason O’HALLORAN – Honda – Samsung Honda – 1:54.724

10 Peter WARD – Kawasaki – Idaq Motorsport – 1:44.283

Combined Sessions

1 Alex LOWES Honda - Samsung Honda 1:51.407

2 Josh BROOKES – Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:51.959

3 James ELLISON – Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha – 1:52.249

4 James WESTMORELAND – BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad – 1:52.487

5 Jakub SMRZ – Honda – Padgettsmotorcycles.com 1:52.585

6 Josh WATERS – Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha – 1:52.714

7 Tommy BRIDEWELL – Honda – Batemans Honda – 1:52.084

8 Ryuichi KIYONARI – Honda – Samsung Honda 1:52.893

9 Lee JACKSON - BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad – 1:53.464

10 Matteo BAIOCCO – Ducati – Rapido Sport Racing – 1:53.526

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