A turf war is set to erupt at Brands Hatch this weekend at the sixth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as Louth’s Samsung Honda team look to take the right to home boy Shane Byrne.
Samsung Honda’s young gun Alex Lowes is aiming to end his run of seven straight wins on the Grand Prix configuration as tens of thousands of fans are set to flock to Kent for another scorching weekend both on and off the track.
Byrne heads the standings coming in to his home round but Lowes beat the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider last time out at Snetterton, something the Kent ace doesn’t intend on happening again this weekend.
A double win would take him to an incredible 50 MCE BSB race wins and cement his status at the most successful rider in the championship’s history.
Lowes lies second in the standings and arrives in Kent with his confidence high after his best round of the season at Snetterton, where he scored a win and a second place.
The Samsung Honda rider knows that a win on the Grand Prix circuit could be pivotal to his aspirations of a maiden title as he looks to close the gap to Byrne; the 2.4-mile track also hosts the season finale in October so a strong round and finding ideal settings this weekend may prove crucial for the title decider.
Lowes said: “I am ready for Brands Hatch; Shakey is the favourite because it is his home round and he has a record of consecutive wins, but we obviously are going there to try and win.
“We proved at Snetterton we can beat him fair and square and I certainly want to be back at the top.
“Everyone will be improving at Brands Hatch but the pressure is more on him as it is his home round and he obviously wants to keep up his form. To beat him there would be a great result.”
Samsung Honda’s triple champion Ryuichi Kiyonari will both be in the hunt to add to their podium tally whilst Josh Brookes has yet to win this season.