Lowes in command at Silverstone
Alex Lowes' late charge saw him claim top spot in Friday's free practice session for the British Superbike Championship races at Silverstone.
The Samsung Honda rider set a best time of two minutes 8.651 seconds to edge title rival Shane Byrne into second place by a quarter of a second.
Lowes was a winner at Assen last time out and arrived at the penultimate round of the season trailing Byrne by just one point.
Lowes sat out a damp morning session, which was topped by Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes, but put in a number of consistent laps in the afternoon.
"It was good, though still a bit damp in places and we got some good data together," Lowes said.
"The bike was good and I love this circuit so now I am looking forward confidently to the rest of the weekend. It was a case of getting out there, doing the job but not doing anything silly as there is a lot on the line in these last two rounds."