Lowes claims double win
Alex Lowes rose to third in the British Superbike Championship with a double win at Silverstone on Sunday.
The 22-year-old from Lincolnshire converted his third pole in four rounds into a maximum points haul which lifted him to 584 for the season, 24 adrift of leader Shane Byrne.
Lowes gained the lead decisively on lap three in the first race of the day when he passed Samsung Honda rider Michael Laverty and he then held off Byrne to clinch victory.
In a dramatic race two, the WFR Honda ace surged through from fifth and then survived a dramatic moment when he was almost thrown from his bike as he and Byrne made the running.
Irishman Byrne, riding for Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, looked set to take the chequered flag but Lowes produced a superb overtaking move on the final lap.
Lowes said: "I felt pretty good in the opener and was really happy with the ride. In the second race I was nearly off with two or three laps to go but fought back at 'Shakey' (Byrne) and managed to sneak up the inside of him at the last corner and then turn more tightly.
"Ten years ago he was my hero in World Superbikes and I was able to pull that cheeky move on him - I enjoyed that."
Byrne tops the standings on 608 points, with Josh Brookes second on 599 followed by Lowes. The title will be decided over a three-race final weekend at Brands Hatch concluding on October 14.