Superbikes - Thruxton BSB: Lowes tops free practice one session

Samsung Honda rider Alex Lowes topped the first British Superbike free practice session on Friday morning.

Superbikes - Thruxton BSB: Lowes tops free practice one session

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Thruxton BSB: Lowes tops free practice one session

The conditions at the Thruxton circuit were not ideal, with torrential rain, and wind battering the riders as they went around the track.

But most seemed unfazed by the weather - in particular Lowes and Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Keith Farmer who clocked the second fastest time of 1’22.311.

Czech Republic rider Jakub Smrz completed over 20 laps during the 45-minute session, setting a time of 1’22.632 on his Padgett’s Honda.

Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes was consistent throughout and was never really outside the top five, followed closely by Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider and current BSB champion Shane Byrne.

Buildbase BMW rider James Westmoreland eventually made it out and put in some solid times to ensure he remained in the top 10 throughout the first practice session. But he was not joined out on track by his team-mate Jon Kirkham.

Milwaukee Yamaha pair James Ellison and Josh Waters both braved the rain, and both set times that placed them safely inside the top 10. Veteran Bathams Honda rider Michael Rutter completed 14 laps and rounded off the top 10.

Lowes team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari competed more laps than any other rider but failed to make an impact in first practice and ended the session 11th fastest overall.

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