Superbikes - Assen BSB: Lowes clinches record-breaking pole

Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes will start the first MCE British Superbike race at Assen tomorrow from pole position, and he only needed one lap to cement his place at the top of the timesheets.

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Assen BSB: Lowes clinches record-breaking pole

The Lincolnshire rider continued to smash his own lap records and left his best lap till last, and completely obliterated his time from earlier in the day to clock a new lap record of 1’36.261.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne could not topple Lowes from the top spot on the grid and was four tenths of a second off the pace, but starts on the front row, with Milwaukee Yamaha’s Tommy Bridewell rounding off the top three.

The Devizes swearbox set a 1’37.134 time, but as he crossed the line he pushed new team-mate James Ellison off the front row, and the title fighter has to start from row two, as he was one tenths of a second slower.

The Cumbrian will be joined on row two by Padgett’s Jakub Smrz and Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes. In a repeat of the final free practice outing the Aussie was able to out pace title rival, Samsung Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari to start the race on Sunday in sixth.

The last of the title fighters, Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland joins Kiyo on row three. The rider was in tenth for most of the session, but when the chequered flag came out he jumped up two places to eighth. GBmoto’s Dan Linfoot and Westmoreland’s team-mate Jon Kirkham round off the top ten.

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